At Alamo STEAM Academy, students receive specialized instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Our campus is excited to be 1:1 with iPads for Kindergarten through 2nd grade students and 1:1 Chromebooks for 3rd through 5th grade students.
Some grade levels are even allowed to take their devices home with them.
Students are learning to use Google apps for classroom instruction, homework, and collaboration with teachers and classmates.
We also implement the 4Cs and Kagan Strategies into daily lessons and activities.
Alamo STEAM Academy students have the opportunity to be involved in clubs and to attend after school sports.
Extended School Year and Intersession Weeks: Alamo STEAM Academy students receive even more instructional time than every other student in the district. Our “extra” time at school is spent in enriching Intersession classes. Our Intersessions are planned around weekly and daily themes to ensure engaging, challenging, and fun activities for students of all ages. Class sizes during Intersession weeks are smaller, and students are assigned to different teachers so they can get to know other teachers in their grade level as well as in other grade levels.
Science: We encourage our teachers to let go of control when it comes to STEAM activities. Students learn to solve real-world problems by learning to make predictions, test a hypothesis, and make adjustments based on trial and error while using collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication to further their understanding and success.
Technology: In addition to 1:1 access to iPads and Chromebooks, our students have access to 3D printing, a fully equiped computer lab, and technology devices in each classroom to enhance student engagement, understanding, and interest in curriculum. Learning to use Google Classroom, Google G Suite apps, Seesaw, 3D printing software, and app smashing is just the beginning of the endless opportunites at Alamo. Students also have access to Little Bits, Ozobots, Spheros, and Osmo game systems.
Engineering: Our teachers have attended specialized professional development sessions to learn to incorporate engineering into their already engaging lessons. We often use the EiE (Engineering is Elementary) Curriculum to enhance our students' understanding of engineering concepts.
Art: STEAM activities and challenges have an art element included, and students are encouraged to be creative and think outside the box when designing their projects. Students also attend Art classes and create amazing masterpieces each day during Intersession weeks.
Math: As we all know, students will use some type of math every day for the rest of their lives. We believe it's important to make math fun and interesting, and we do this by teaching students to use math concepts in planning and creating their projects. One of our most popular projects involving math is the creation of 'tiny houses'. Students created their own 'tiny house' scale models complete with detailed appliances, furniture, and even decorations.