STEAM Innovation – Under Construction
Wyomissing Area School District is actively working to create a robust K-12 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) program for all students. This page will focus on providing pertinent information for faculty and parents. Please check back regularly as more information is added!
Ad-Hoc STEAM Committee:
During the 2016-2017 school year, the ad hoc committee was formed. The committee is comprised of school board directors, district administrators and teachers. Together, the committee has discussed teacher development, curriculum, instructional practices, assessment and demonstration of skills, family engagement and real-world connections based on the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Self-Evaluation. As a result, the committee has identified professional development for inquiry-based learning as the focus the 2017-2018 school year.
Creating the infrastructure to support STEAM:
The District has been creating the infrastructure to support STEAM for the past several years, starting in 2015-2016, with the infusion of 1:1 Apple iPads for all students at the Junior/Senior High School. During the 2016-2017 school year, the District rolled out 1:1 Apple iPads at West Reading Elementary Center for students in math and science and full implementation for all courses beginning in 2017-2018. During the summer of 2017, the District also integrated additional technology hardware and software to support technology currently in place. The wireless infrastructure was updated throughout the district to improve connectivity at all three buildings and software licenses currently being used were upgraded. Teachers at Wyomissing Hills Elementary will participate in professional development on how to integrate the use of 1:1 student devices in the fall of 2017, with a mid-year deployment of student devices.
The Wyomissing Area Education Foundation (WAEF) has supported the STEAM efforts by providing funds to purchase materials for a Maker Space cart at West Reading Elementary and by awarding numerous teacher grants for STEAM resources at Wyomissing Hills and the Junior/Senior High School.
Establish a STEAM Advisory Committee comprised of community members, local businesses and parents.
Develop a Comprehensive STEAM Plan and Curriculum Framework
Renovate the STEAM Wing in the Junior/Senior High School
Create Innovation Labs at Wyomissing Hills Elementary Center and West Reading Elementary Center