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STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Chesterfield Schools believe that students who develop and use knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be successful in STEAM disciplines also develop problem-solving skills and abilities necessary to successfully engage in a global society. We hope that students see from experience that science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics are everywhere, every day. We think that it is important for students to
think about science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics as integrative disciplines in authentic situations. We want to encourage higher thinking and learning skills and abilities, by facilitating students’ learning and understanding of difficult concepts through application.This year we are trying to increase the use of STEAM in our classroom instruction. This part of our school improvement plan. We hope to blend the use of STEAM and Project Based Learning to improve our student engagement in science. Use of these strategies help develop our student’s 21st century skills. It makes learning more fun
and related to real world situations. We are also offering STEAM clubs to extend classroom learning opportunities beyond the regular school day. We hope to be able to send students to participate in STEAMmania at the Virginia Science Museum in March.