STEM learning is the intentional collaboration of science, technology, engineering, and math, typically mixing at least two of these subjects in a single, cohesive unit through real-world applications. STEAM is a progression of STEM that includes Aesthetics and Design, a critical part of the innovative process.
At Heritage Hall, our goal is to produce innovators. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math promote higher-order cognitive skills such as critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, collaboration, trial and error, cause and effect, problem-solving. Aesthetics and Design act as a catalyst for innovation, amplifying creativity and aesthetics.
Seeking to enrich core units of study, faculty across divisions connect their students with the Spark Lab. For example, in the Lower School, preschoolers engage with K'Nex simple machines, then create their own using building materials of their choosing. Third graders study the design and construction of NASA's Mars Rover before following Stanford University's design thinking process to construct their own.