This year, at Perry Central, we have started a new passion based learning class called STEAM. This class has been like nothing I have ever been a part of before. I know we’re only in our first year but as a class, together, we are all figuring out how passion based learning works best. I have to say it has been an incredible experience so far. I wanted to take a moment and share my “teacher” views on how the class is going.
I was a little nervous coming into this class. It was territory I had never been before. I also really believed it could be something very cool! Some observations so far: We are off to a great start! This group of students has amazed me with what they are able to do when turned loose to learn about topics they want to learn about. We have two bands that have formed, organized practices (practice outside of school hours as well), and worked with another student group to develop a website for them, all in one quarter…that’s some real world stuff there! It gets noisy with the bands practicing from time to time but I think everyone has adjusted! There are some truly talented people in this group, one has started to write his own sheet music as well as lyrics.
|Metal sign crafted by a STEAM Student|
I am learning so much from this group of students. They have taught me about topics like behind the scenes film making processes, environmental issues, the actual names of the parts that make up “computer guts,” coding, programming, astrophotography, and I’ve also learned how to play a short tune on the guitar (a very short tune!). I even get to participate in a book club they organized (Outliers: The Story of Success). I’m so excited to see what I’m going to learn from them next.
|STEAM logo designed by students and created on the vinyl cutter|
-A student made a drill press out of metal he brought in and then welded together
-A student finished writing a novel she had started on a couple of years ago.
-A student built a horse feeder.
-A student completed a couple pieces of commissioned artwork
-A group of students taught each other how to use our CAD program Inventor
-A student designed a sign on the Inventor program, 3D printed it and then actually made it out of metal he brought in.
|Artwork created by a STEAM Student|