Why STEAM? Because the confluence of science, technology, engineering, art, and math makes economic sense. I come from the visual arts and entered education through a NEA grant to make new media accessible to high school students. As an interdisciplinary art professional, I have been in support of STEAM throughout my whole professional life. If you are creative using technology and are good at Math and Science, you will have plenty of post-secondary and career opportunities.

The future of the United States depends on educators’ capacity to increase the number of professionals in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) fields. This can only be accomplished through students pursuing post-secondary studies and careers in the areas of STEAM. As a result, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) developed the STEAM School Designation program. The program’s primary goal is to promote STEAM education and integration among its disciplines.

The STEAM School Designation criteria includes: STEAM competitions, professional development, partnerships, equity and accountability. The STEAM School Designation program strengthens science, mathematics, visual and performing arts, accelerated courses, and Career and Technical offerings.

Schools that meet the designation will be promoted to ensure all stakeholders are aware of the great choices M-DCPS offers in the areas of STEAM education. Three distinct recognition levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) will be offered to schools to encourage on-going growth and performance in the area of STEAM.

Miami Springs Senior High School is proud to be a Silver STEAM Designation school.

For more information about our STEAM Designation, please contact me, I am Miami Springs Senior High School’s STEAM Designation liaison at renebarge@dadeschools.net.