S.T.E.A.M. at Akiva
Akiva School is committed to enriching the lives of students by identifying real-world problems with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) emphasis, empowering staff with powerful professional development opportunities and opportunities to lead. Akiva nurtures a collaborative culture with shared norms and values, and fosters a collaborative climate that is challenging and supportive.
What is STEAM?
The acronym STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. In the 2010 State of the Union address, the President of the United States emphasized the need for advancing educational initiatives in the areas of math and science. While the US remains the world leader in scientific research and discovery, economists have noted that foreign countries have created competition for jobs by making significant advances in STEAM industries. Since we know our economy is driven by innovation, more than ever before, we need to equip our children with STEAM skills so that they are prepared to compete in the global marketplace.
At Akiva School, we are preparing our students to be college and career ready by providing experiences emphasizing STEAM opportunities at an early age. Our intentional STEAM planning is our intentional road-map to encourage discovery, critical thinking, exploratory learning, use of technology and the arts, and to actively engage our students in hands-on problem solving activities.
Akiva School MakerSpace
The Akiva MakerSpace initiative is financially supported by our parents, PTSO and community leaders. The MakerSpace is equipped with a 3D printer, sewing machines, robots to code, a CNC router, a workbench, a lego wall, educational resources to promote collaborative exploration, and other items that were specifically chosen by our children.
Moveable iPads, laptops, and Chromebooks are present in any of the rooms needed and on a 1:1 ratio in the Middle School.
The Akiva School Media Lab is equipped with ipads, speakers, microphones and a green screen for children to create shorts, films, and clips that reflect, showcase, and enrich learning.
The newly renovated stage provides students with experiences to share their learning in an amplified and honorable manner. As part of the Akiva theatre program, students will learn about both sound and learning and learn to manipulate both to amplify their theatrical and purposeful presence on the stage.
The Akiva garden is a space where children take part in learning about the Earth’s bounty and how both sunlight, water and weather impact our Earth. All Akiva children have an opportunity to grow a crop in the Akiva garden and to nurture it. Children have an additional option to delve more deeply into their learning with a master gardener and sous chef in a popular Nashville restaurant.