STEM refers to the academic fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Alternatively, STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. At Roland Park Country School, STEAM (grades K through 5) and STEM (grades 6 through 12) are purposefully integrated into our school curriculum to expose our students to all of these concepts in a coordinated and meaningful way.
Instead of teaching these subject matters separately, STEM and STEAM are overarching programs that connect each of these areas into a cohesive learning plan. This interdisciplinary approach is intended to give our students the confidence, knowledge and tools to build a solid foundation and deep understanding of real-world applications if they decide to pursue STEM/STEAM focused careers.
The principles of a STEM/STEAM education help students enthusiastically learn and find exploratory solutions in a hands-on way, instead of memorizing facts and figures or being lectured to in class. For example, students who are studying architecture and art can apply concepts learned from science and math classes to mix and test the strength of the concrete they use before building a structure. Or students could learn more about biology by studying artwork of microscopic cells on slides. The STEM/STEAM program also gives students the opportunity to collaborate. When grouped into teams, our students are able to showcase and contribute their personal strengths to work together on a large project.
We encourage our students’ curiosity and work together across departments to make sure our STEM/STEAM curricula are comprehensive, imaginative and fun! Learn more about our innovation spaces, where students in every grade can investigate new ideas, explore their interests and build upon their STEM/STEAM education.
In the Upper School, the STEM Institute offers semester-long research apprenticeships for students of all levels of interest and ability. Learn more about our STEM Institute program.