STEAM Academy

What is the STEAM Academy?

The STEAM Academy is a two-week, academic experience providing quality STEM programming for middle and high school students with a specific focus on those who are under-performing, but have high potential and high interest. Students are engaged in hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). Participants engage their creativity, enhance their approach to problem solving, and develop communication and critical thinking skills.

The daily activities include:


Discussions around the United Nations Goals for Sustainable Development


Designing and building complex chain reaction machines


Exploring mathematical concepts through folding and visualization


Team building through fitness activities, arts, sciences and goal setting in preparation for transition to high school, college and career.

STEAM Team Teacher Academy

The STEAM Team Teacher Academy is a week long experiential learning experience for educators. Participants will engage in guided explorations and discussions on important readings in the areas of STEM equity, culturally contextualized STEM learning, and productive struggle. These concepts will be put into practice during daily STEAM activity sessions with middle and high school students, and their families.

Teacher Academy participants will have the opportunity to engage in these sessions both as learners and co-facilitators. Each day will conclude with a debrief of /reflection on the day’s STEAM activity.

Key Outcomes

  • Engage in collaborative STEAM projects with a social justice focus
  • Develop skills to improve your own STEAM classroom instruction
  • Improve your use of tools and techniques for engaging students from diverse cultural backgrounds in STEAM
  • Become part of a professional learning community
  • Strengthen facilitation skills
  • Develop skills in the use of folding and mathematical games for facilitating the development of mathematical thinking and visualization
  • Apply the engineering design process to facilitate creative problem solving


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