A pilot elective course known as STEAM-1, for Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics, was approved by the school board for Thurston Middle School students next fall, according to a statement from the school district.
The elective course is an opportunity for seventh and eighth grade students to participate in a year-long class designed to increase awareness in the five disciplines. Teacher Kelly Skon will lead the class intended to bridge a gap between academic content areas, college and career expectations.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn and experience success in an innovative way,” said Principal Jenny Salberg.
STEAM-1 topics include robotics, computer programming, space exploration, product design and development, architecture, gaming design and forensics.
Skon is looking forward to assisting students to recognize the real world applications of the project-based learning activities.
Moreover, the elective should spark student interest in core science and math classes.