STEAM

Learning in a real world context

STEAM at CIS is an engaging interdisciplinary approach that integrates the areas of science, technology, entrepreneurship, arts and mathematics. Unlike traditional teaching models where these subjects are taught independently, STEAM supports our students’ natural curiosity and creativity, and helps them understand how each discipline is connected and related in the real world.

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The CIS STEAM approach ensures that our students are motivated, capable of making informed decisions and able to find solutions for problems that the real world is facing.

STEAM helps our students make connections across subject areas as they invent, analyse and explore concepts. This mode of learning is motivating and engaging because it is relevant and relates to the real world.

Our student-centred, inquiry-based approach ensures that teamwork and communication are a major focus in STEAM activities. Our students, from Kindergarten to Secondary School, have the freedom to think critically, creatively, and innovatively as we challenge them to find solutions to problems. Even if they fail the first time, they are inspired to try again in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Our STEAM makerspaces are spaces that encourage the sharing of resources and knowledge and learning through hands-on exploration. Our makerspaces are part lab, part shop, part conference room, and are designed to foster a culture of teamwork, collaboration and design thinking. In these spaces, our students build and work on projects together, using equipment that is both traditional (wood working machinery and sewing machines) and cutting edge (makerbot 3D printers, GCC laser engravers and cutting machines and newspaper styxx rolling machines).

Our annual STEAM Fair in April is an action-packed day that allows parents and children to engage in innovative STEAM activities that include: designing and flying your own Balsa plane, building a roller coaster, learning to code and control robots, creating artwork with drawbots, and designing and advertising shoes. Our STEAM Fair, open to the public, is a fantastic opportunity to create something new and make connections between ideas that at first may seem unrelated.

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