STEAM Information

Prairie Crossing is going full STEAM ahead!


What does STEAM mean?

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as an access point for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. ~ Susan Riley, Arts Integration Specialist


STEAM experiences involve two or more standards from Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and the Arts to be taught AND assessed in and through each other.


STEAM is interdisciplinary, rigorous and links students to real-world challenges emphasizes process & design as well as hands-on activities, with a goal to develop

is a way of thinking, inquiry, collaboration, problem solving & sustaining a sense of wonder is authentic & sustainable project-based learning serves ALL students


What Does STEAM look like in the Classroom?


First Grade Example: Catch a Gingerbread Man

In a first grade classroom, students read a story (connection to literacy), design a

track and then use materials (like blocks or LEGOs) to build a track to catch

a gingerbread man. This activity includes a focus on literacy, math,

design, and problem-solving. Students then reflect on the process and make

suggestions for improvements.



Fifth Grade Example: Balloon Car Derby

Students identify components of the engineering design process and work collaboratively

to design a balloon car. They create a blueprint, construct the car, and then test the

car to measure the distance traveled. Students then reflect on the process and make

suggestions for improvements.


Will there be any changes @ PCE because of STEAM?


STEAM will only enhance the personalized learning for our students at Prairie Crossing.  One minor shift will be in Mrs. Debbie Blair’s role within teacher collaboration. Mrs. Blair will become our STEAM coordinator, using her extensive technology knowledge and experiences to support and collaborate with grade level teachers to fully integrate student learning.


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