Our STEAM Instructional Model
What is STEAM?
STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.
STEAM is the integration of these content areas while leading students through design and inquiry processes that include investigating, planning, problem solving, creating, evaluating, reflecting, and retooling design models and prototypes that solve real world problems and challenges.
This process helps students make connections between what they are learning in school with their real-life environment.
This learning approach helps to develop the “whole” child and helps students develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter through the practical application of skills while experiencing the joy of expressing themselves through music, drama, dance, and the visual arts.
Science is everywhere in today’s world. It is part of our daily lives from cooking, gardening to recycling. We embrace the significance of science in things we do every day.
Technology is transforming how we learn, work and play. We live in a digital word with a global economy, so we embrace our world today and future technologies.
Engineering is the practical application of science, technology, and math which emphasizes how to solve real word issues using hands-on learning and designing models and prototypes …It’s Fun and Engaging!
Fine Arts develop the imagination, creativity, and critical thinking skills of students across content areas.
Mathematics is the foundation of science, engineering and technology and helps students develop problem-solving, analysis, and reasoning skills.
Why Choose Indy STEAM Academy?
- More Time for Learning to Build a Strong Foundation in Reading, Math, Science
Teachers provide 90 minutes of instruction for each subject: reading, math, and science every day.
- Hands-on Learning
Students “Learn by Doing” and are engaged with science experiments and engineering projects to create solutions to real-world problems.
Learn is fun! Students are actively engaged with learning and are challenged to be “critical thinkers, innovators, and problem-solvers.
- Highly Qualified Teachers
Teachers are certified by the State of Indiana and participate in professional development throughout the school year.
- Classroom Teacher Assistants
Teacher assistants are assigned to each grade level and work with teachers to help students in small groups or individually.
- Longer School Year and Longer School Day
Students attend school 185 days each year which is 5 additional days compared to traditional public schools.
Students receive 7 hours of instruction each day which is 370 more hours or 52 more days of instruction compared to traditional public schools.
- Smaller Class Size
There are 15-20 students in each class.
Students receive more attention and help with learning.
There is a close-knit positive school climate and culture.
- Success Time – Failure is NOT an Option!
Students receive 60 minutes of extra help during the school day to ensure their success in reading and math.
Students use computers to enhance their learning at school.
- Lego, Robotics, Coding
Students learn computer science skills, explore engineering by building things and creating objects, STEM competitions.
- After School Tutoring
Students receive extra help after school with learning to ensure their success.
- Homework Help
Students receive help with their homework after school.
- After School Programs and Clubs
Students participate in a variety of fun and engaging activities after school including athletics, dance, drama, instrumentals, coding, Lego, and Robotics.
- Industry Visits, Science Museums, & College Tours
Students visit STEM companies to learn what they produce and the roles of engineers and scientists.
Students visit college campuses to learn about college life and program offerings during Fall, Winter, and Spring breaks.
- Summer School and Summer Camps
Students receive extra help with learning during the summer to ensure their success.
Students participate in STEM summer camp and competitions during the summer.
In-Person Instructional Plan 2021-22
Indy STEAM Academy is a new start-up charter school that opened August 3, 2021 with approximately 75 students grades K-5. We are located at 4020 N. Sherman Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46226. Our classes are self-contained and there is one classroom teacher per grade level.
Our plan for In-Person Instruction includes 90 minutes of reading, mathematics and science/engineering instruction; 45 minutes of social studies, citizenship, social-emotional learning and health and wellness; 60 minutes of “Success Time (intervention, reinforcement, or enrichment) each day. This In-Person Instruction Plan includes the use of textbooks and consumable workbooks for students across all content areas including reading, mathematics, science, and engineering. Students will have Tablets (KDG) and Chromebooks (Grades 1-5) to use for supplemental computer assisted instruction in reading and mathematics that will provide additional practice with the essential elements of reading (phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, fluency, and text comprehension) math (number sense, computations, problem solving, data analysis, algebra, measurement, and geometry) during content area instruction and “Success Time.”
Our Use of ESSER III Funds for 2021-22 SY
Indy STEAM Academy plans to use ESSER III funds for resources that are essential to our building operations and maintenance. These plans include:
- Custodial Services $63,000 which includes one (1) day and two (2) night porters to keep our classrooms clean and COVID sanitized.
- COVID Fogging $4,500 (3 times per school year at $1,500 each) to prevent the spread of COVID germs.
- Copier Machine $5,395 which provides color and black & white copies to support classroom instruction, staff, parent, and community communication for all print media.
- AES Electricity $16,105 to support the cost of electricity at our school facility. We have a beautiful school facility that meets the needs of STEAM instructional model including the use of Smartboards, so there is a high cost for the use of electricity in our building.
Total amount of ESSER III Funds = $89,000.00