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 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. It increases success for students of all learning styles and abilities. STEAM education better prepares students for higher education, and expands their career opportunities in the future work force.

How is our school implementing STEAM for all students?


We have a STEAM committee 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. Students have STEAM block incorporated into their weekly schedule to facilitate student-centered learning through exploration, discovery, scientific thinking and hands-on experiences. We have transformed our media center into Learning Commons area, complete with added technology collaborative spaces or Think Tanks. Our students participate in competitive math, science and robotics teams. Our parents share their expertise with the students, and community partners visit the school. We have met with county supervisors to discuss our certification course, and our Foundation is ready to support us.

STEAM Volunteer Form

One of the important aspects of STEAM education is an increased and active partnership with the community, including parents, businesses and schools. We need your time and talents to make this happen. There are various ways in which parents can get involved and help us with STEAM education. If you are interested, please fill out the form below and let us know. Thank you for helping us implement STEAM education for our children.

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Other ways you can help with STEAM is:

Donate to the Simpson Foundation to provide additional technology and teacher grants
•Encourage your children to actively participate in STEAM challenges
•Collect and send to school any recyclables to be used in the STEAM projects, such as plastic bottles and jugs, cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, cardboard, egg cartons, newspapers, etc.


STEAM Parent Speakers 2017-18

We had following STEAM Speakers coming to school last year to address various grade levels and share their expertise:
October 11, 2017 – Mr. Rob Madayag, Patent Attorney & Chemical Engineer
October 25, 2017 – Dr. Daniela Tapu, Professor of Chemistry at KSU, & couple of her students
November 8, 2017 – Mr. Kirill Grouchnikov, Google Software Engineer
November 14, 2017 – Mrs. Jennifer Riser, Research Scientist
November 29, 2017 – Mrs. Shelley O’Malley, Delta Pilot
May 16, 2018 – Dr. Jarod Lynn, Associate Dean of Sciences, and Dr. Juanita Forrester, Professor of Biology, Chattahoochee Technical College