Paideia’s STEAM (Science, Technology, engineering, Arts, and Math) program includes classes and extracurricular opportunities at all levels of the school.
Many of our STEAM projects draw on Paideia’s unique urban agriculture program which features mini-farms and gardens that not only give students hands on experiences with agricultural and environmental practices, but also provide hundreds of pounds of food annually to local food pantries.
The Elementary STEAM program reaches K-6 students during regularly scheduled science and STEAM classes, recess time, and after school. STEAM classes are organized around multi-week design projects that are often integrated with Paideia’s urban agriculture, sustainability, and science programs.
The elementary makerspace is open for Tinker Time during recess three days a week. Students can do activities led by the STEAM teacher, work on their own projects, or just tinker and explore. They can also have fun learning about coding and other technology in the weekly Programming Playground. Typical after-school options include Lego building, Lego robotics, stop-motion animation, coding, 3D printing, Odyssey of the Mind, and inventing with Makey-Makey or Little Bits.
To encourage families to play together and bond over experiential learning, the elementary science and STEAM teachers offer various science toys and experiment kits for parents to check out for a week at a time.
Each year the junior high holds a “Day of Design” that emphasizes teamwork, creativity, empathy, and the iterative design process. One year, students designed a produce washing station for the Paideia urban farm. Another year, each class designed and built a cardboard chair that could support the weight of one of the teachers.
Junior high after-school science and STEAM options include FIRST Lego League Robotics, Biology Club, and Discovery Lab: Adventures in STEAM.
In addition to our traditional science classes, high school students can take MAKE: Mechanics to learn about building things with their hands, tools, and 3D printers. We offer robotics as a long-term class and an after-school club, and we compete in the VEX Robotics competition. Other clubs include Rocketry, Makers Club, Urban Agriculture, and a girls-only coding club. Our many short-term STEAM classes vary from year to year. Recent offerings have included Video Game Design, Science Olympiad, Virtual Reality, and Web Design.