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STEAM 2012-2013

Welcome back to the BAA STEAM website!  Since 2009, BAA has embraced the term STEAM to show our commitment to teaching the concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in innovative and interdisciplinary ways.  

Our STEAM work is still very much a work in progress, but this year we hope to share our successes and struggles.  On this home page, we will highlight some of our work developing STEAMy lessons and activities for our own classrooms.  We hope that others can use or adapt these lessons for their own benefit.

Straw Tower Project

posted Jul 23, 2013, 10:45 AM by Ramiro Gonzalez

This a great project for students investigating building technologies. It includes forces, loads and the engineering design process.

STEAM Team Coming to Denver

posted Apr 16, 2013, 6:20 AM by mlonergan@bostonartsacademy.org   [ updated Apr 18, 2013, 5:24 AM ]

Math teachers Ibeth Jaime and Mark Lonergan will be presenting at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Conference this week in Denver, Colorado.  NCTM is the largest professional organization for math teachers in the country.  They will share some of BAA's projects used in 9th, 10th and 11th grade math classes.

Click here for a copy of their workshop powerpoint presentation and workshop handout.

Engeering and Design Process: the candle project

posted Mar 22, 2013, 5:37 AM by Ramiro Gonzalez   [ updated Mar 26, 2013, 7:42 AM ]

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In this project, students are asked to develop a candle product to help a struggling business. The goal of this assignment is to give students the opportunity to produce a product and to actively engage with the Engineering and Design process (define the problem, research, brainstorm, choose the best idea, prototype, test and evaluate, and communicate results). In addition to learning the Engineering process, students also get a hands-on manufacturing experience, as they have to separate, mold, form, assemble, condition and finish a product. Initially, students often struggle: deciding what to make, creating the mold, pouring the wax, adding fragrance and color. Slowly they make progress, and eventually find success. Through this process, in addition to engineering and design principles, students learn to master obstacles, trust each other, and take pride in their efforts.

Engineering Drawing types

posted Feb 25, 2013, 5:42 AM by Ramiro Gonzalez

We have shared with you a PowerPoint presentation that describes the four most common types of drawing used in Engineering. It comes with an interactive worksheet that helps the students focus on the elements of the various types of drawings. We describe orthographic, isometric, perspective and oblique drawing.Orthographic and isometric drawings are highlighted as they are often found as test questions in the MCAS test Engineering and Technology.

Lesson of the Week: Calculator Animation

posted Jan 8, 2013, 11:43 AM by mlonergan@bostonartsacademy.org   [ updated Apr 16, 2013, 1:05 AM ]

We're starting the new year thinking about putting the T in STEAM.  Our 9th grade math classes are temporarily regrouped so that every student can choose a tech-based project. Some students are learning iMovie and others are making stop-motion animation movies using the SAM program.  Click here to learn more about our old-school technology project, where students are creating animation programs on a TI graphing calculator.   

Also, you can see a YouTube video showing a sample of student animation projects.

Lesson of the Week: Container Design

posted Dec 18, 2012, 11:16 AM by mlonergan@bostonartsacademy.org   [ updated Apr 16, 2013, 1:05 AM ]

What do all of these products have in common?  How much does it cost to make them and put them in containers?  This week we've been looking at real-world applications of volume and surface area, by looking at product design.  Check out our new lesson of the week

Lesson of the Week: Lighting Design 2012

posted Nov 27, 2012, 10:44 AM by mlonergan@bostonartsacademy.org   [ updated Apr 16, 2013, 1:06 AM ]

Recently, we've been working on refining some of our projects to make them more engaging and more enriching for students.  In Geometry, we just refined our Lighting Design project by using video to get students more involved in the project task.  Take a look at our "Black Box Tour" video, starring BAA student Gary Gonzalez and see how math really does connect to the world of theater and lighting design.

Click here to read more about this assignment.

Lesson of the Week: SOHCAHTOA Song

posted Nov 13, 2012, 11:20 AM by mlonergan@bostonartsacademy.org   [ updated Apr 16, 2013, 1:07 AM ]

We had a lot of fun this year introducing right triangle trigonometry and SOHCAHTOA with the help of this music video.  Check out our new lesson of the week on trigonometry word problems and watch our first music video.

Lesson of the Week: Electoral College

posted Oct 30, 2012, 11:10 AM by mlonergan@bostonartsacademy.org   [ updated Apr 16, 2013, 1:07 AM ]

U.S. map based on electoral vote distribution
If you are looking for a way to integrate the Presidential election into a statistics class or any math class, check out our new lesson of the week on the Electoral College.  We used this last spring with our 11th graders and it was a great way to review some simple data analysis and connect to current events.

Lesson of the Week #1: Geometric Similarity Lesson Plan

posted Oct 19, 2012, 8:31 AM by mlonergan@bostonartsacademy.org   [ updated Oct 19, 2012, 8:31 AM ]

Click here for more information about our IKEA Project, including photos of student work and handouts.

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