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Since September, my 11th and 12th grade Economics of Violence and Peace class at Avenues: The World School had been examining the economic dimensions of violence and peace.
STEAM: Building a Tiny House
How can a school best deliver STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) content through project-based learning? That’s the question three upper grades educators asked themselves while they brainstormed a remarkable project for their students: designing and building a “tiny house”—literally a house that cannot exceed 100 square feet—for the science nonprofit Black Rock Forest Consortium.
The Living Wall: A STEAM Project
Imagine creating a green, growing plant wall in your own school. Inspired by vertical gardens around the world, such as Lincoln Center‘s, Upper School* science teacher Steven Carpenter decided to offer a fifth-term elective in which students created a plant wall at Avenues. The Living Wall course, explains Steven, is “a marriage of science, art, design, programming and engineering that was just big and complex enough for a group of 10 to 15 students to tackle over the course of five weeks.”