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STEAM EDUCATION

Always mindful of keeping an eye to the future and in step with the most current educational research, Pioneer Academy has once again taken action to enhance the quality of education embracing the STEAM Movement.

The basis of the STEM Movement (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grew out of the concerns that students were not being effectively and efficiently prepared to successfully meet the expectations of high-tech jobs of the future.  One year later, it was determined that the need to include the Arts was critical because both Science and Technology, while based in elements of Math, are interpreted through not only Engineering but also the Arts.  Thus, STEAM Education not only emerged but was also quickly embraced here at Pioneer Academy.

It did not take long to realize that education in the 21st Century had lost sight of the most critical aspect of our education and all jobs, regardless of the level of technology.  That aspect is Reading.  Without the ability to read and write, there is no job for which STEM or STEAM Education will sufficiently prepare our students.

As such, Pioneer Academy has made it a priority to recognize English Language Arts as a critical component of the core standards and core content areas.  In order to be prepared for 21st Century high-tech jobs, our students must do a great deal of reading with comprehension as well as writing.  We have built curricula that afford every student the opportunity to read and write every day under the auspices of highly qualified, certified ELA instructors.  Additionally, Pioneer Academy impresses upon all of its teachers that reading must be at the forefront of their minds in all content areas.  No matter what subject is being taught, everyone is a teacher of reading in the content area.  As educators, they see the critical importance of putting the skills of reading and writing, our fundamental means of communication, first.

The following are some examples of how Pioneer Academy implements sound STEAM Education:

  • Rigorous graduation requirements with minimum of 4 years of Math and ELA and 3 years of Science coursework

  • Students are encouraged to enroll in advanced courses in Math, Science and ELA such as Honors and AP Courses

  • All AP Courses in Math, Science and ELA are offered on a rotating basis

  • Rigorous curriculum in Math, Science, Technology, ELA and Fine Arts using well proven learning standards as a guide such as Quality Core by ACT.

  • Entire school curriculum is developed, mapped and stored in a cloud based Atlas Curriculum Mapping Software which enables to generate standard based instructional and assessment data on an ongoing basis

  • School-wide Accelerated Reading class enables students to read on a regular weekly basis.

  • Every student and staff has a continuous access to Wi-Fi.

  • Every classroom is equipped with Mac computer, Projector and a SmartBoard.

  • Every student and teacher is provided with a personal Chromebook

  • Google Apps in Education, such as Google Classroom, is an integral part of classroom teaching.

  • Enrichment programs such as Robotics, Fine Arts, Music and Drama are offered both as a credited course and as an after school club.

  • Students participate in Regional and State Science Olympiads.

  • Annual school-wide Science Day enables students to display their research skills in Science and Engineering

  • Students compete in Regional and State First Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Competitions.

  • Dedicated Robotics room for students engaged in learning in-depth Engineering behind Robotics. The room is equipped with 3-D printers to teach students to build Robot parts.

  • Students compete in First Lego League (FLL) Competitions.

  • Students participate in American Math Contest (AMC) and Regional Math League.

  • Students compete in International Genius Olympiad every summer in the fields of Science, Music, Art and Creative Writing.

  • Staff is encouraged and supported to attend Professional Development in STREAM fields

  • All teachers are expected to become Google Certified Educators.

  • Dedicated lab for each of major Science field: Biology Lab, Physics Lab and Chemistry Lab.

  • Fully equipped Mac computer lab for student use with 24 Mac computers.

  • Students are taught coding classes such as iOS App writing.

  • School-wide Career Days are organized to expose students to different professional fields in STREAM.