Welcome to Rhode Island STEAM
It’s easier for schools to introduce science, technology, engineering, arts, math (STEAM) at the high school level, but we know from national research that when STEAM is presented to our early learners (grades K-4) that profound improvements in achievement are possible.
We invite you to learn and actively participate because Rhode Island's economy needs all the help it can get.
Why STEAM for Rhode Island?
- Have you read the Brookings Institution’s report presented to Gov Gina Raimondo in January 2016 that called for a strong emphasis on K-12 STEAM education? The report cited “STEAM” 80 times! The goal is to kick start the growth of “advanced industries” within Rhode Island.
- Great jobs are waiting for our sons and daughters in STEAM fields. Electric Boat needs to hire thousands of STEAM-skilled people over the next several years in order to design and build the next generation of submarines and is concerned that it won’t be able to find home-grown talent. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Middletown has 3,100 jobs (half are engineers) and many people are at retirement age. Rhode Island needs to raise the STEAM performance bar – starting at kindergarten. Research shows many students – especially young girls and minorities – turning away from math and science by grade 4.
- We should be closing the huge gender and racial equity gaps in the STEAM fields. Other public charter schools in RI have demonstrated successes in closing socio-economic achievement gaps.
- We could be filling the STEAM pipeline with lots more Rhode Island talent. RI’s status quo schools are moving far too slowly.