Through activity-based, hands-on learning, students grades 4-12 will explore and develop a number of skills.
Students naturally acquire skills and a deeper understanding of math and science as they work in many different areas such as mechanical engineering, architecture and structural engineering, robotics, electronics, computer programming, 3D modeling, and digital media. Hands-on activities such as building gear trains, constructing robots, or programming computers naturally encourages the application of real-world math and science concepts. Our classes focus on important foundation knowledge in areas of computer science, physics, engineering, and technology.
Students will have access to the following:
The Merit Badge System
Students track their progress through our unique, non-competitive Merit Badge System in the fields of their interest or choice. The Merit Badge System is visually represented by a pyramid made up of rows of colored triangles. Each triangle represents a badge within any given discipline of STEAM. The levels are colored, with the base – or introductory level – for each badge being yellow. The second level in each badge is orange, followed by purple, blue, and so forth, with black representing complete mastery of a badge area.
Each badge consists of activities specific to that badge, regardless of color level or discipline. Activities include projects, challenges, and personal projects reflecting all you have learned. In order to “color-up,” or fill in an orange badge on the pyramid, you must have two supporting yellow base badges to hold up the orange.
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