What is STEAM?

The acronym STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. In the 2010 State of the Union address, the President of the United States emphasized the need for advancing educational initiatives in the areas of math and science. While the US remains the world leader in scientific research and discovery, economists have noted that foreign countries have created competition for jobs by making significant advances in STEAM industries. Since we know our economy is driven by innovation, more than ever before, we need to equip our children with STEAM skills so that they are prepared to compete in the global marketplace.

At Akiva School, we are preparing our students to be college and career ready by providing experiences emphasizing STEAM opportunities at an early age. Our intentional STEAM planning is our intentional road-map to encourage discovery, critical thinking, exploratory learning, use of technology and the arts, and to actively engage our students in hands-on problem solving activities.

Our Mission

Akiva School is committed to enriching the lives of students by identifying real-world problems with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) emphasis, empowering staff leadership, nurturing a collaborative culture with shared norms and values, deprivatizing professional practice, celebrating successes, and fostering a climate of genuine support.

Our 2017-2018 STEAM Goals

  • To continue to implement a STEAM curriculum that creates STEAM literate students who define problems, problem-solve, test, and make improvements both in collaborative teams and individually using science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
  • To continue lunch crew enrichment opportunities to reach under-represented groups in STEAM fields.
  • To continue to provide STEAM professional development to support ongoing STEAM integration across content areas.
  • To facilitate one STEAM speaker per semester per grade group.
  • To increase STEAM community partners to fund the STEAM program.

Akiva School MakerSpace

The Akiva MakerSpace initiative is financially supported by our parents, PTSO and community leaders. The MakerSpace is equipped with iPads, Chrome books, movable tables, storage, numerous educational models, and an abundance of science, art, and mathematics resources to promote STEAM collaborative exploration.