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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math:

Education for Global Leadership

Vision: STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

  • The STEM curriculum encourages students to be curious, to wonder, think, play, question, and connect with the world around them, so they will become innovators able to make great contributions to society. 
  • The curriculum suggests beginning with investigating STEM tools to introduce children to the Scientific Method.
  • The goal is to encourage students to explore inquiry learning and how to use tools to test their theories.
  • Using the Scientific Method becomes a way for students to organize their ideas, develop and test hypotheses, and build upon their knowledge.

STEM integrated into daily lesson plans: Our students require and thrive in technology-rich, dynamic learning environments. T.E.S.A.L.A. continues to evolve and re-imagine learning spaces and bring leading technology and tools to meet the needs of these digital natives. Our state-of-the-art computing environment, featuring iPad availability on almost a 1:1 basis to all students, provide students access at their fingertips to robust resources that support their digital literacy and teaching and learning across all disciplines.

The classrooms at T.E.S.A.L.A. are modern, technology-enriched learning spaces that allow for heightened connectivity to networks, interactivity among devices in the room, wireless display capabilities, and collaboration among students and teachers.

Our faculty have demonstrated their clear ability to rethink curriculum with an aim toward using technology to enhance the learning experience and prepare students for learning and working in the technologically world.

[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world..." —President Barack Obama, March 23, 2015

Innovation Lab: Some of the technological tools and learning aids used in our Innovation Lab are:

  • Sphero Mini (K – Grade 1)
  • Sphero 2.0 (Grade 2 +)
  • Osmo™ complete discovery set
  • Ozobot® smart bots (K – Grade 1)
  • Dash and Dot (Grade 1 +)
  • iPads for all
  • Little Bits and Snap Circuits Jr. (Grade 2 +)
  • LEGO® wall
  • Apple TV®
  • PCs and Mac
  • Tool bench
  • Dry erase tables
  • Remote control cars