Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements
Since Friends school was founded in 1980, we have been inspiring and challenging our students to seek knowledge, be curious, solve problems, find their voice and work for a better world. To ensure that our students continue to reach for the stars, we have been hard at work creating vibrant, cutting edge, educational opportunities that will inspire our students and change lives.
What is STEAM?
STEAM= Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements STEAM is a way to teach how all things relate to each other in school and in life. It’s more fun than traditional learning styles and makes more sense to all types of learners because it is based on the natural ways that people learn and are interested in things.
How will Friends use STEAM?
To integrate STEAM into our educational program, Friends School will use a variety of educational disciplines coupled with a growing network of business and community partners to create adaptable, citizen-involved, globally responsible, reality based educational programs.
Nature Learning Center
Friends School is launching a new initiative to build an outdoor learning center for our students grades pre-school through eighth grade. Studies show that an increasing number of children are losing contact with the natural world. The purpose of the Friends School Natural Learning Center is to promote physical movement, the development of sensory processing, motor, cogitative, social/emotional and communication skills, in addition to practical applications of Core Curriculum components, while providing students with a better appreciation and understanding of the natural environment.
The center will be comprised of an outdoor STEAM Lab/Garden where students will engage in hands-on learning in a living laboratory by applying the tenants of STEAM theories to real-world situations. The lessons used in the STEAM lab will not only teach the intended subject, but also responsibility, teamwork, and respect for nature, others, and themselves. Gardens have been proven to help students learn better, enhance test scores, and are an engaging way to meet Core Curriculum Content Standards. Whether growing vegetables, fruits, and a variety of herbs, edible gardens are a valuable tool that can promote healthier eating habits, an appreciation for locally-grown food sources, teach environmental stewardship, encourage community and social development, an instill a sense of place.