STEAM education is an approach to critical thinking and problem-solving that integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
STEAM education emphasizes hands-on projects incorporating process-based learning, creativity, and teamwork.
STEAM equips students to effectively utilize the technology that is involved in modern life, and it prepares students who might want to one day work in a STEAM-related profession.
Most importantly, STEAM education inspires us to better appreciate God’s Creation.
Here are some of the highlights of Valor’s STEAM Program:
- We have a full-time STEAM teacher who creates engaging projects for our TK-5th grade students every week and teaches two Middle School electives each semester. Projects include design, engineering solutions to real-world problems, robotics, coding, and more.
- Weekly computer skills class in TK through 5th grade: advanced keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation slide programs, green screen special effects, and more
- Bob Jones University Science Curriculum for classroom instruction
- Participation in the Hour of Code
- Use of Apple’s Sphero BOLT programmable robots
- Cross-curricular integration of STEAM topics in various core, elective, and extra-curricular subjects
- Field trips emphasizing STEAM education, including visits to the California Science Center, Northrop Grumman, The Getty Museum, and more
- Use of technology in the classroom by students and teachers to enhance lessons—Chromebooks, Google Classroom, Smart TVs in every room
In addition to learning how to use technology effectively, we also teach Valor students how to use technology safely. We explore the ethical implications of technology as well as provide guidelines for using the internet and social media in a God-honoring way.
Our STEAM program is one of the many ways we promote our ESLR’s and Prepare Courageous Leaders at Valor Christian Academy.
EXPECTED SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING RESULTS (ESLR’s):
- Valor students will be able to understand a Biblical worldview.
- Valor students will be prepared to be effective communicators.
- Valor students will be critical thinkers and problem solvers.
- Valor students will be knowledgeable in the arts and humanities.
- Valor students will be positive contributors through servant leadership.