K-8 STEAM Program

At Roland Park Country School, STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math, is purposefully integrated into our school curriculum from grades K through 8 to expose our students to all of these concepts in a coordinated and meaningful way. 

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 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. Our 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 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 STEAM education.
In the Upper School, the Holliday Heine STEM Institute offers semester-long research apprenticeships for students of all levels of interest and ability. Learn more about The Holliday Heine STEM Institute program.
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Dr. Neda Blackburn

Dr. Neda Blackburn

The Holliday Heine STEM Institute Director / US Computer Science

Total number of participants to date: 197 (typically around 40% of the junior class)

2022: 35
2021: 32
2020: 24
2019: 50
2018: 31
2017: 25