How important is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Education?
30 years ago, when I was in high school, there were few computers and no computer science classes. I had to work with my foreign language teacher to help set up a computer lab and help him teach an introduction to programming class. In all this time, have we come very far?
As a school board member for the last 4 years, it has been a priority of mine to expand the availability of technology and STEAM instruction throughout our district, including:
- Opened Central Park Elementary, focused on STEAM and Project Based Learning, in a facility upgraded for 21st Century instructional methods
- Converted 2 schools to Computer Science Immersion schools, Sutter Elementary and Montague Elementary
- Started roll-out of 1:1 technology, providing every student in the district a Chromebook for their use to expand educational opportunities
- Expanded STEM Leadership Institute to Santa Clara High School
- Hired elementary music teachers and purchased musical instruments for every student in 4-12th grade who wished to learn to play
- Funded attendance for every 5th grade student to Science Camp
- Expanded Computer Science class options at high schools and increased presence of Robotics throughout the district.