Learning Guides facilitate short- and long-term inquiry studies by asking students: What problem do you want to solve? We define STEAM as a habit of mind to approach problem-solving by using the practices from diverse academic disciplines from the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and, Mathematics.
At the core of our STEAM work are Authentic Learning Investigations that nurture students to develop academic habits from the realms of: interactional ethnography, transdisciplinarity, and, family-based learning.
By developing an Interactional Ethnographic Perspective, students develop explicit awareness of the role they play in creating intentional learning cultures, and learn the tools for learning how to make sense of cultures all around us.
Transdisciplianary studies enable students to draw on the practices from diverse disciplines in the service of pursuing real questions important to them.
Family-based learning really is about embracing ALL students' cultural, linguistic and familiar backgrounds as important academic resources for in and out of school learning.
Did you know...
...that today’s Americans will have an average of 3-7 careers in their lifetime? (Department of Labor)
...that 65% of today’s students will work at a job that does not yet exist? (Success Performance Solutions)
...that the labor industry seeks new hires to possess the ability to collaborate, critically problem-solve, as well as the ability to unlearn and re-learn the latest technologies and practices of the companies? (Forbes)
...that top colleges and universities seek to identify students who will be the best educators of one another and their professors? (Harvard University)
If our students’ future successes are dependent on these projected realities, then it is a school’s job to prepare the principled-yet-flexible learners who will thrive, and shape, this future world. And with you as our partners, Rio del Sol STEAM School has taken up this challenge.