Posted on 24 September 2013.
Director Tina Stevenson greets STEAM Academy (Fayette County) students as they arrive at school in the morning. Photo by Amy Wallot, Aug. 21, 2013
By Susan Riddell
When a new school opens, decisions almost always have to be made regarding its identity. What will the mascot be? What about school colors?
For Fayette County school district’s STEAM Academy (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.), those questions became the central part of the first student lesson.
The STEAM academy opened its doors Aug. 14 to 150 freshmen, and Stevenson said teachers wasted no time in creating opportunities, starting with the school’s identity.
Homerooms spent the first three days working as a team. They couldn’t just come up with schools colors, a logo and a mascot. They had to research it.
“We studied the colors in science, logos in history, graphics in design,” Stevenson said. “Once each room turns in the assignment, students will vote on everything.”
One classroom wanted the mascot to be a gladiator with colors royal blue and silver. Another chose a sabre-toothed tiger because it’s associated with confidence and determination; colors yellow and blue because they represented the sun and the sky as well as characteristics like energy and stability.
“That’s what we do here,” said STEAM Director Tina Stevenson. “It’s all about unique opportunities to embed all of our classes into one another and create interesting learning experiences.”
These community and project-based learning experiences, she said, are designed to lead all STEAM students to college- and career-readiness. Read the full story