Our Vision: Full STEAM Ahead
When I look at students’ notebooks they have drawings of motorcycles, cars, and boats, and I ask them, ‘What do you want to do? Do you want to do the stress test on the fork of the motorcycle, or do you want to design the motorcycle?’ One hundred percent of the time they say, ‘I want to design the motorcycle.’ —Steven Aishman, Dean of Academic Services, SCAD Atlanta
We are proud to announce the inception of a STEAM program at Brookwood School, an addition that makes us unique among independent schools in South Georgia.
Einstein once wrote that is it is the beautiful experience of the mysterious that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. STEAM is science and technology interpreted through engineering and arts, all based on mathematical elements; it is STEM education taken a step further, with emphasis on design, aesthetics, and creativity.
With STEAM lessons, students recognize that whether they sit at a lab station or an art easel, tangible examination ensures that valid reasoning indeed supports their ideas. The simple act of tinkering – learning through trial and error – is a hallmark of STEAM education. Students are taught that success comes through multiple iterations and that failure must be embraced as part of the process.
Students will now take on projects that begin in one class and are then carried through the disciplines of others. With emphasis on design-thinking, STEAM is less about coming up with the right answer and more about creating something new. It is our hope that through this learning process, students will design meaningful solutions not just in the classroom, but also in the community as future leaders.
We have state-of-the-art labs to support our STEAM program and plans to further develop laboratory spaces on the campus to support this initiative. As knowledge increasingly becomes a commodity available to the masses, we believe in the importance of education that emphasizes the critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity that will be valued in the workplace of tomorrow.
Headmaster Dr. Randy Watts unveils the new Middle School STEAM Lab on March 16.
Students get their first look at the Lab’s new technology, including an energy-efficient 70” LCD touchscreen display.
Pendulums constructed in art class represent the STEAM program’s hallmark co-curricular learning.
STEAM at Brookwood is an extension of our thriving STEM programs in the Lower and Middle Schools.