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Champion Creatively Alive Children

with syringes that moved their
sculptures' handcrafted bionic arms.
As they created and painted cars
for their Maglev track, they talked
about the color wheel and how
complementary colors were similar
to the way magnets repel or attract.
But the learning was deeper than the
inventions students created.
"This project gave students
confidence in their own problemsolving abilities. I was thrilled to
overhear a student telling a teacher,
'Wait-I think I have a better idea we
should try,'" O'Connor said.

STEAM Ignites
a Mindset
Bullis Charter School in Los
Altos, California, is committed to
innovative teaching and learning.
When principal Wanny Hersey talks
about STEAM, she contagiously
radiates energy. "It's a process that
makes learning more accessible
to all students," she stated. "We
can't think in silos when we create
STEAM projects. Art informs the
decisions, just like science and math
do. Worksheets and classic tests are
inadequate to assess learning that is
this cross-disciplinary." Bullis teachers
have embraced a mindset where
students are challenged to solve big
real-world problems and provide
evidence of their thinking.
Their success is rooted in helping
teachers serve as the facilitators who
give students agency over their own
work. Adults are very intentional in
their intervention to expand, but
not dictate, students' experiences.
"Our real goals are long term-help
students take responsibility for driving
their own instruction, not be passive
receivers of knowledge," Hersey said.
"And STEAM projects ... are well
suited to this philosophy."
For example, eighth-graders are
designing schools of the future.
They're exploring what could
be the ultimate architecture and
environment for learning. Students
realized that learning centers can be
metaphorical, not always bound to
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Students at Bullis Charter School create scribble bots as a STEAM project that integrates the
art and science concepts of force, motion, and balance.

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