Essential Question:

How do we create a coherent vision for student STEAM learning at AB?

All students participate in STEAM learning experiences throughout their time at ABRSD in order to construct authentic, ethical, and creative solutions to real-world problems. By developing the STEAM Habits of Mind, students build their capacity to communicate and take action to address challenges. Educators are supported to be effective STEAM educators and see the value of STEAM education.

STEAM is an interdisciplinary, collaborative and inclusive approach to learning that integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts and/or mathematics. Disciplinary concepts are embedded in real-world problem-solving that promotes creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication.

STEAM Framework Components


The learning experience engages students in deep learning in multiple, targeted STEAM discipline areas. The components of English Language Arts - reading, writing, listening, and speaking - are essential for STEAM learning and particularly for communicating to an authentic audience.

Habits of mind

The learning experience requires students to use multiple STEAM Habits of Mind. Habits of Mind are patterns of intellectual behaviors that lead to productive actions.


The learning experience is driven by real world connections and challenge students to examine their ethical responsibilities to self and society.


The learning experience provides opportunities for students to experience collaboration in many forms and to develop collaboration skills.

Student Agency

In the learning experience students have an active role in their learning through voice and choice.


The learning experience allows for multiple entry points and multiple means of expression to provide all students with the opportunity to engage, contribute, and succeed.