ST. PARIS – Throughout the year, Graham Middle School staffers have been planning the launch of five elective courses and several activities for students. The concept is called Graham STEAM.
“The acronym STEAM stands for Science, Technology Engineering Arts & Math. It’s really about bringing problem-based learning to all students through challenges where the students use inquiry, and trial and error to solve complex problems,” Superintendent Kirk Koennecke said.
The program at the middle school will allow students to take two foundational courses in computer sciences and design, then explore their more specific career path interests through other electives. Students will be able to choose further study in areas of Flight and Space, Medical Detectives and Robotics.
In addition to the new courses, the building is launching a Robotics Club activity, which includes participation in the nationally recognized First Lego league. The club will allow students interested in pre-engineering and robotics to continue to expand their experiences through problem-based play and friendly competitions.
Assistant Principal Nick Guidera has spent much time helping develop the master schedule at the middle school to accommodate the new choices for students. Teachers Lisa Bowman, Brent Perkins and Katie Setty have worked alongside their administrators to plan and adopt the “Project Lead the Way” curriculum, a nationally-recognized standard in the Sciences.
Guidera said of the excitement around the new work: “Our goal to create a highly engaged student body. We need to develop critical thinkers for jobs of the future at Graham in all of our courses. We are excited to offer innovative problem-based programs here.”
Submitted by Graham Local Schools.