STEAM Thrives in Houston Academy Lower and Middle Schools
During the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year, Houston Academy lower and middle school students have attended STEM classes. We have a highly qualified instructor, Mrs. Tammy Murphree, who has been instrumental in establishing the STEM program here at HA. Mrs. Murphree is trained in project-based learning using the STEM principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Throughout the semester, students have used the Engineering Design Process to complete challenges. They have worked collaboratively on projects, such as, building a new home for the three little pigs (grades 5K – 1), building a carrier for a zip line (grades 2-3), and building a prototype of a place for the future (grades4-5). Classes have focused on the scientific concepts of Forces and Motion, Flight and Engineering Design.
Due to the positive feedback from parents and students, we’ve decided to continue with a STEAM class next school year. As design has played a prominent role with STEM classes thus far, we have to decided to add the “A” for Art. Classes will be taught to Grades K – 6th.