"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin
STEAM at SCALE is an innovative educational approach that places students at the center of their learning journey. We believe that education should be a dynamic and engaging process that equips students with the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Our key philosophy revolves around design thinking, computational thinking, and system thinking, providing a comprehensive framework for holistic development.
Design thinking is at the heart of our approach. It encourages students to think creatively, empathize with others, and develop innovative solutions to real-world problems. By embracing design thinking, students learn to identify challenges, brainstorm ideas, prototype solutions, and iterate on their designs. They gain invaluable skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and adaptability, essential for success in their future endeavors.
Computational thinking is another pillar of our philosophy. In the digital age, understanding how to program, analyze data, and think algorithmically is crucial. Students learn to break down complex problems into smaller, manageable parts, develop logical and systematic approaches, and use technology as a tool for problem-solving. Computational thinking empowers students to become not just consumers, but creators of technology, enabling them to navigate the digital landscape with confidence and creativity.
System thinking completes the trifecta of our educational approach. It encourages students to view the world through a holistic lens, recognizing the interconnections between various systems and understanding the broader impact of their actions. System thinking fosters a deep appreciation for complexity, encourages critical analysis, and promotes a sense of responsibility towards the environment, society, and global issues. By understanding systems, students become equipped to address complex challenges, make informed decisions, and contribute positively to the world.
The integration of design thinking, computational thinking, and system thinking creates a powerful synergy. Students develop a unique set of skills that transcend disciplines, enabling them to approach problems from multiple angles, think creatively, and collaborate effectively. They become adept at adapting to change, navigating uncertainty, and finding innovative solutions.
We strive to create an environment that nurtures these skills. Our classrooms are dynamic spaces where students engage in hands-on, experiential learning. We provide opportunities for collaboration, critical reflection, and self-directed exploration. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning, ask meaningful questions, and pursue their passions. By fostering curiosity and a growth mindset, we empower students to become lifelong learners, adaptable problem-solvers, and agents of positive change.