1. This is a video yearbook of the 2014-15 school year for the STEAM Team class at Green Gables Elementary School in Federal Way. The class offered students a unique educational journey, including the following components.

    STEAM: The educational designation STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art/design and mathematics. The STEAM educational philosophy is a progression from the national STEM initiative.

    Two Classes and Rooms: Green Gables combined two classes and allocated classrooms 101 and 102 to the combined class. This facilitated unconventional room designs, including using room 101 as a project studio space.

    Team Teaching: Kim Silvernale and Mary Stoyko collaborated to teach the combined class.

    Project Based Learning (PBL): This teaching method, also called contextual teaching and learning (CTL), encourages students to acquire deeper knowledge and skills by working on projects for an extended period to investigate and respond to complex questions, problems and challenges.

    Highly Capable: Many, although not all, of the students in STEAM Team had been designated Highly Capable Learners by the Federal Way School District. This allowed the teachers to draw on Highly Capable resources and training. The teachers used Highly Capable instructional strategies for the entire class.

    Christopher Redner (childreninneed.org/magazine/chris.html) of Children In Need Inc. (childreninneed.org/) produced the Green Gables STEAM Team video yearbook. Parents who would like a copy of the video can contact Christopher Redner on Facebook (facebook.com/ChristopherRedner) or call him at 253-874-8300.

    © Christopher Redner, Children In Need Inc.

    One of the class projects was studying natural disasters. In the final days of school the class' city simulation, Alki, was devastated by an earthquake (vimeo.com/130482519).

    More Information on these topics:

    * STEAM & STEM Education

    Washington State STEM: washingtonstem.org/
    Education Closets Steamportal: educationcloset.com/steam/what-is-steam/
    The case for STEM to STEAM: stemtosteam.org/
    Education Week coverage: edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/11/18/ctq-jolly-stem-vs-steam.html
    Edudemic coverage: edudemic.com/stem-vs-steam-why-the-a-makes-all-the-difference/

    * PBL

    Edutopia PBL: edutopia.org/project-based-learning
    Buck Institute for Education site for PBL: bie.org/

    * Highly Capable Instruction

    The Highly Capable Program in Washington State: k12.wa.us/highlycapable/
    Federal Way Public Schools Highly Capable Program: fwps.org/academics/highlycapable/

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