From building bridges to creating catapults to designing a house that will withstand an earthquake, CMDS students are exposed to a STEAM Initiative that forms the foundation of the academic curriculum at our school. Rather than teach science, technology, engineering, art and math in a vacuum, our STEAM program integrates these subjects in an inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum that more closely aligns with what students will experience in high school, college and the workforce.
These days, students are used to working with technology. Active engagement is always more meaningful than worksheets. By learning and living out the engineering design process, our students must seek out information rather than just receive it from a teacher. We want to create an environment where students feel comfortable to take risks and try new ideas, while still remaining supportive and encouraging as they change and reinvent their ideas and creations. The STEAM Initiative gives our students the chance to tinker, create, collaborate and build!
We invest strategically in technology to support a balanced learning environment. In the classrooms, our students learn to use technology as a tool to research, evaluate, communicate, connect, create, collaborate and learn. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum, and students, beginning with our youngest in 2K, are taught a progression of skills. They develop coding skills and keyboarding proficiency, learn research techniques and experiment with a wide variety of applications and their functions. They also have many opportunities to connect and communicate with people across our nation and around the world.
1:1 Chromebooks in 5th and 6th Grade
Classroom iPad and Computer Centers
Promethean Boards in every classroom (SK-6th)
Document Cameras in every classroom
EC Promethean Labs (2K-JK)
Chromebases in the Computer Lab
Lego Robotics WeDo Kits
School-Wide Wireless Network
Brain Pop, Jr.
AR and STAR Programs