What is the STEAM Academy?
The STEAM Academy at Haskell is the newest K-5 special program and integrates science and technology, interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in mathematical elements.
As the ONLY Innovation School in RPS 205, students attend for 20 extra minutes daily. Based on academic growth on state tests, the STEAM Academy at Haskell was designated a 'Commendable' school on the Illinois School report card, jumping two designations.
The program creates a student-driven learning environment which fosters inquiry, problem-solving, innovation and a growth mindset. During the 2017-2018 school year, students focused on a new, integrated science curriculum to keep them active and engaged. For the 2018-2019 school year, the Maker Space was developed and is now a weekly part of the curriculum! Coding and Engineering activities were added in 2019. The STEAM Academy is the only elementary school in the district to offer Project Lead the Way 'Launch', an Engineering and Coding curriculum.
Year four of the program, 2020-2021, further implements these exciting initiatives. Students attending the STEAM Academy are offered Band as an elective in grades 4 and 5 and have more weekly time with arts specialists to honor the 'A' in STEAM, and to support design thinking.