RASD STEAM Initiative
Welcome to the RASD STEAM / Makerspace webpage! On this page you will find information regarding the use of the makerspace and other steam projects. Also there is a wealth of information provided about the steam program at RASD and the use of the two makerspaces.
About the STEAM and Makers Movement:
The “STEAM” Movement (STEM + Art = STEAM)
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century! STEAM is so important in education today to prepare our students for the developing world.
The “Maker” Movement
Making is just as it sounds, it’s when people actually create or “make” something. Makers are tinkerers, builders, problem solvers, craftsmen, and hobbyists. People using and applying knowledge and skills, acquiring new skills, and learning to MAKE THINGS! It requires some creative problem-solving, collaboration, risk-taking, and a healthy dose of curiosity. It’s free-thinking, inventing, designing, building, engineering, and self-expression. These are things that we strive for our students to become and help them to develop these skills. That’s why Rochester has jumped on the Makerspace train full STEAM* ahead. We are preparing our students for fields related in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics while fostering their Maker creativity.
A Makerspace is simply a dedicated space that allows all of this to happen. Tools can be high-tech and include computers, 3D printers, and Arduinos to low-tech or no-tech materials such as paper, glue, scissors, needle/thread, hammers, and saws. From knitting and sewing, to woodworking and metalworking, to wiring and writing software, all kinds of skills are valued and utilized. Makers share ideas, skills, and tools, and Makerspaces allow for a central location where creating can happen in a collaborative, supportive environment.
Rochester recognizes the importance of staying with current Education advancements. That is why, Rochester now has two of its very own Makerspaces. One is located in the high school for upper middle and high school students. The other is located inside the Library for lower middle and elementary students. Each space offers unique opportunities for making and incorporating STEAM into the curriculum. This is where the STEAM movement meets the Maker. Students have real opportunities to interact with the equipment’s and technology in the makerspaces. The spaces include several pieces of revolutionary technology and machinery as well as many hands on available options. Teachers will be utilizing the spaces to help your child grow and innovate this year. As you know, it takes a village! That is why we are accepting donations of consumable items for our spaces. Please click the link here to see what is being accepted. Makerspace Donations
2018 RASD STEAM Walk
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