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May 22, 2017

Full STEAM ahead

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

Tonight there is a Special Meeting for the School Board to tackle two Innovative Program plans for West End schools that had been shunted to the side in order for the District to deal with the whole Lum issue (more on that tomorrow since there will be a School Board meeting tomorrow to make the final decision about that).  Both Paden and Ruby Bridges’s Innovative Programs are being recommended for approval.

Quickly, Paden has a “Play by the Bay” program which incorporates Paden’s bay side location with science and play based learning.  I’m not going to get too much in detail since I’m not that familiar with Paden’s program and — if Lum ends up closing — Paden will be allocated enough students from Lum that the Innovative Plan, which should help to boost enrollment, will just be an added bonus for existing and new students.

Ruby Bridges, on the other hand, that program I am familiar with and it’s a really exciting addition to the school.  The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) program is very in design to the program offered at the middle school level at Wood.

As a part of the STEAM program, Ruby Bridges will have a dedicated Science Lab space (which is currently in use right now, but is slated to be improved by the District during the summer).   The LAB will allow teachers and students a space for more complex science experiments that may require multiple days of work which is nearly impossible to perform in the traditional classroom because of lack of space for storage.   The LAB is also where Ruby Bridges’s pilot #medialab program will exist.  #medialab, currently in operation this year, provides students with an opportunity to learn digital design skills, creating zines and event flyers for the school.

As part of the STEAM program, Ruby Bridges will have a STEAM coordinator to create STEAM curriculum for the school, implementing weekly plans for all grade levels.   The STUDIO will be a new space at Ruby Bridges which will serve as a makerspace for robotics, arts, computer illustration, tinkering, etc.

But what sets this program apart from other STEAM type programs is that there is the incorporation of a wellness center which will support students’ emotional needs that may fall through the cracks in a traditional classroom setting, the wellness center will be staffed by a Wellness Liaison and the existing Student Support Provider.

The Ruby Bridges community also had its first look at what STEAM can do for the school, a few weeks ago Ruby Bridges hosted its first STEAM Showcase (with Silent Auction) to engage the community in STEAM type activities.

It is shaping up to be an amazing program to serve the needs of the existing students at Ruby Bridges and, perhaps, provide an attractive option to families seeking a more robust academic program with social emotional support.



  1. Perhaps I am way behind the times here, but I notice that STEM has become STEAM with the addition of “Art.” I suppose at some time STEAM will become STREAMAW, for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, I forget what M was, Arithmetic, and Writing, at which point we will have come full circle.

    Comment by Tom, Hisself — May 22, 2017 @ 6:48 am

    • hey, you forgot to include the acromion, PE, for physical education!

      Comment by CD — May 22, 2017 @ 10:02 am

  2. M could be for music, which is reciprocal to Math.

    Comment by MI — May 22, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

  3. STEAM = science, technology, engineering, art, and math

    Comment by Lauren Do — May 22, 2017 @ 1:34 pm

    • STEAM….Is that a multiple-choice question? as in “which of the following is not like the others”?

      Comment by vigi — May 22, 2017 @ 4:18 pm

  4. After a career as a teacher, I’ll say this. Math and Literacy. Good readers can self teach almost everything.

    Comment by Retiredteacher — May 22, 2017 @ 2:39 pm

    • Literacy means reading and writing. Darned few High School grads can write a lucid paragraph.

      Comment by jack — May 22, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

      • nor can your president.

        Comment by JohnP,trumpisnotmypresident. — May 23, 2017 @ 10:19 am

      • Disagree sir. Every one, every one, of my last fourth grade class passed the state writing exam including ELD and SPED students.

        Comment by Retiredteacher — May 23, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

    • And of course Rap music:Harvard senior submits rap album as thesis, gets an A.
      One of these.

      Comment by jack — May 22, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

      • It took Shaw a year to create, write, and mix his thesis rap album. It’s about 36 minutes long and composed of 10 songs–all with the important message about being black in America. With, I read, significant literary allusions and interpretations. How is this not ok?

        Comment by Retiredteacher — May 23, 2017 @ 12:09 pm

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