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In May of 2014, physical science teacher, Mr. Rogers, traveled to a school in east Syracuse to observe their STEAM program. After returning from his trip, he convinced the other 8-2 team teachers to go and observe the program also. After a long discussion on the matter of starting a STEAM team at MMS, they decided it would be the best idea to start one. It’s a marvelous program that has only around now for four years, and has flourished in that time.
STEAM stands for Social Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. It teaches students to persevere or to ‘Be Gritty,’ as we like to say. It also helps kids to excel in their common core classes by creating blocks of common teaching time so we can participate in cross-curricular activities and lessons. This team also teaches kids other skills they’ll need in life, such as social skills, survival skills, and business skills.
Fall of 2015 is when the adventure with ‘Grit Untapped’ began. The 8-2 teachers decided it would be a great idea to run a business. The idea was to help us experience what the real work world would be like, while weaving curriculum in throughout the life of the business. After students complete applications and resumes, students are given their job. The business consists of seven departments; The Newsroom, Candy and Confections, Data Collection, Boiling Crew, Media and Marketing, Field Investigation, and Design. Grit Untapped also has a CEO that leads the charge.
Grit Untapped is a great way for us to experience real world things and become college and career ready. The STEAM Team and Grit Untapped have both been amazing.