STEAM at Simpson

Simpson Foundation is very excited to support our school’s efforts to attain STEAM certification! Please read below for more information about STEAM education and how you can help.

STEAM Certification FAQs

What is STEAM education?

STEAM education is a problem-based, real-world activity, interdisciplinary and applied approach to teaching and learning with an emphasis on critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. Subject areas are no longer taught in isolation but are instead integrated and provide inquiry-driven, hands-on learning experiences for students.

Why is STEAM education important?

STEAM education increases students’ engagement and abilities to reason, solve complex, real-world problems and work collaboratively while using the rigor of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. STEAM education better prepares students for higher education, and expands their career opportunities in the future work force.

Is STEAM just part of Technology classes at Simpson?

No, all students at Simpson will benefit from integrated STEAM education. The student-centered, hands-on STEAM instruction increases success for students of all learning styles and abilities.

How is our school preparing for STEAM certification?

We have a STEAM committee already in place, and teachers have attended and will continue to attend STEAM workshops and conferences. In addition, teachers are working on integrating lessons across subject areas. We’ll be adding technology collaborative spaces or Think Tanks and implementing Learning Commons. We will also have a Science Olympiad team this school year. We have met with county supervisors to discuss our certification course, and our Foundation is ready to support us.

STEAM Parent Speakers

We have following STEAM Speakers coming to school to address various grade levels and share their expertise:

October 11, 2017

Mr. Rob Madayag, Patent Attorney & Chemical Engineer, talked with all of the 6th and 7th graders about intellectual property & STEAM. See details about his visit HERE. It was phenomenal!

October 25, 2017

Dr. Daniela Tapu, Professor of Chemistry, & couple of her KSU students amazed the 8th graders with a Halloween Chemistry Show. See details about their visit HERE. It was incredible!

November 8, 2017

Mr. Kirill Grouchnikov visited with all of the 6th graders and shared his experience at Google as a software engineer creating technology for the world we live in. See details about his visit HERE. It was amazing!

November 14, 2017

Mrs. Jennifer Riser, Research Scientist, spent a day with 7th graders exploring cells.  See details about her visit HERE. It was awesome!

November 29, 2017

Mrs. Shelley O’Malley, Delta Pilot, talked with all of the 8th graders about her career, engineering and STEAM, aviation advancements, forces at work, and technological revolution of our time. Students brainstormed and presented their engineering ideas, too. See details about her visit HERE. It was fantastic!

STEAM Career Form

YOU CAN HELP! We need your time and talents to make this happen. In fact, one of the STEAM certification requirements is an increased and active partnership with the community (parents, businesses, schools). Please fill out the form below and thank you for helping us implement STEAM education for our children.