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An exciting,

new way to learn

Starting grade 10 in 2018 ?   Looking for a new challenge?
STEAM School wants you!

TVDSB is excited to announce the continuation of the STEAM school for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  With the current success of the pilot project, we will be opening our doors to even more students at the same location (50 Wellington St.), inviting current Grade 9 students to apply to our grade 10 programs.

New this year, we will be also looking for current STEAM school students to apply to our Grade 11 program, which offers a unique opportunity of mentorship and self-guided study.

Want to know more? Contact STEAM School at (226) 219-6477

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Frequently Asked Questions

About STEAM School

Q. What does STEAM mean?
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!
Q. Why STEAM School?
The world needs flexible and creative thinkers.  STEAM School will help students take full advantages of the world’s technology and give them the tools to be active thinkers and make their community better.
Q. What do the future STEAM School grade 10 students have to look forward to?
This approach to learning is certainly not an easy task, but the benefits to students and the entire school community are tremendous.  Students and teachers engaged in STEAM make more real-life connections so that school is not a place where you go to learn but instead becomes the entire experience of learning itself.  We are always learning, always growing, always experimenting.  School doesn’t have to be a place, but rather a frame of mind that uses the Arts as a lever to explosive growth, social-emotional connections, and the foundation for the innovators of tomorrow…today!
Q. How much does it cost?
TVDSB and STEAM Centre are investing in our kids, so that this program will have no additional cost to the individual students.
Q. Are these high school credits?
Yes, regular high school credits in the level that the student applies either academic or applied.

Teaching Methods

Q. What does problem-based learning style mean?
Problem-Based Learning engages students in the process of problem solving: how to think about the problem and to find possible solutions.  The focus is on developing students’ ability to think critically, creatively and productively about a problem, while also nurturing team skills. Challenged with a complex, real-world problem, students work in collaborative groups or teams to understand the problem and propose solutions.   Often such problems do not have an obvious solution, but are examples of challenging, open-ended problems faced in our world today.  Students must analyze the nature of the problem, identify what they need to know and how to find needed information, reach informed judgments, and apply what they learn to generate ideas for possible solutions. Frequently combined, problem-based, project-based, and team-based learning are well-established teaching techniques developed at Stanford University’s Design School (dSchool).  All are collaborative and involve active learning.   Course are integrated and, with online technologies, globally distributed.  Problems may have local or global significance, and in some cases are provided by corporate and other partners.
Q. How will projects be evaluated?
Teachers will use the curriculum to identify the learning goals and success criteria that students will need to demonstrate. Evidence of achievement will be assessed through a combination of project work and tutorial sessions.

School life

Q. How will students get to STEAM School?
A shuttle bus will be available at your school every day to get to STEAM School and back.  You will arrive at your home school in the usual way – bus, car, walk. Buses will leave home schools each morning for the Steam Centre.  Other buses will leave the Steam Centre for home schools at the end of the day – each and every school day. You can then attend practice, rehearsals or head home as usual – bus, car, walk. You do not have to take advantage of these shuttle buses and will always have the option of arranging your own transportation to and from the STEAM Centre.
Q. What about my teen's extracurricular activities at their home school?
You will still be able to access all activities at your home school. The shuttle bus will return you before activities start.
Q. How will lunches and breaks be handled?
Our schedule will be more flexible than home school schedules, but students will still have regular lunch breaks.
Q. What tools and supplies should my teen bring to STEAM School?
Mobile devices and laptops are welcome and encouraged, but not required.
Does my teen need to bring a laptop or tablet to school?
If your student already has technology provided by TVDSB they should bring it from their home schools. Technology will be supplied when needed, but student’s mobile devices and laptops are welcome.

Benefits

Q. How does STEAM School prepare my teen for their future careers?
In addition to the content students are learning, the structures in which they learn will be the same kinds of structures used in industries today for project management and innovation.

2017 Faculty

Laura Penner

Laura Penner

(Arthur Voaden S.S.)

Laura has been a teacher at AVSS for 17 years in both Science and Math and also an online teacher with the Thames Valley virtual academy since 2012.  Awarded the Janine Shantz ASD Educator Award.  Laura is also an involved member of the St. Thomas community: St Thomas Soccer Coach,  Pearce William Board member, Parent liaison at Studio Dance Pointe, and a parent.

Carmen Richter

Carmen Richter

(Central Elgin C.I.)

Carmen holds a M. Ed from U of Calgary in Educational Contexts with a focus on globalization and has been an English and Social Studies teacher with the TVDSB since 2001. She has been a mentor to up and coming teachers both within the board and from various teaching colleges throughout her years at TVDSB.  She is an avid traveller, a foodie, a motorcycle enthusiast, and a lover of music and reading.

Chris Montcalm

Chris Montcalm

(Parkside C.I.)

Chris is a self-described tinkerer and DIYer who uses his passion for making in his 11 years teaching math and science at Parkside. He also has 2 years chemistry experience in the field at Labatt’s Brewing prior to teaching.

Angela Southern

Angela Southern

(Parkside C.I.)

After having a professional career in the performing arts, Angela joined the faculty of Parkside Collegiate in 2003. Since then she has been musical director of the Concert Band, Choir, Stage Band, and of PCI’s large scale school musicals.  Angela is committed to lifelong learning be it roller derby or neuroscience or swing dancing.  Knowledge is power… so let’s get powerful together.

Credits included in STEAM School

STEAM School will integrate 4 traditional grade 10 credits into one course. Students will earn regular credit towards their high school diploma in each of English, Science, Civics and Citizenship, and Integrated Arts.

Here are the course descriptions from the Ontario Ministry of Education’s official curriculum.

ENGLISH GRADE 10 APPLIED (ENG2P)

STEAM School 2017 students touring Budweiser Gardens

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in secondary school and daily life. Students will study and create a variety of informational, literary, and graphic texts. An important focus will be on the consolidation of strategies and processes that help students interpret texts and communicate clearly and effectively. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 college or workplace preparation course.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied English, Grade 10 Applied E

ENGLISH GRADE 10 ACADEMIC (ENG2D)

STEAM School 2017 students on the left during the Hometown Hockey reveal

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

 

SCIENCE GRADE 10 APPLIED (SNC2P)

STEAM School 2017 students during the Native Study Blanket Activity

This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science in real-world situations. Students are given opportunities to develop further practical skills in scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to human cells and body systems; chemical reactions; factors affecting climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.
Prerequisite: Science, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

 

SCIENCE GRADE 10 ACADEMIC (SNC2D)

STEAM School 2017 students at Jaffa Centre – taking education outside

This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.
Prerequisite: Science, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

 

CAREERS and CIVICS GRADE 10 OPEN (CHV2O)

This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as healthy schools, community planning, environmental responsibility, and the influence of social media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of political processes in the local, national, and/or global community. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and express informed opinions about, a range of
political issues and developments that are both of significance in today’s world and of personal interest to them. Prerequisite: None

 

INTEGRATED ARTS GRADE 10 OPEN (ALC2O)

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in secondary school and daily life. Students will study and create a variety of informational, literary, and graphic texts. An important focus will be on the consolidation of strategies and processes that help students interpret texts and communicate clearly and effectively. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 college or workplace preparation course. Prerequisite: English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied English, Grade 10 Applied English

STEAM School is your future!

Starting grade 10 in 2018 ?   Looking for a new challenge?
STEAM School wants you!