Student Advisory STEAMM Class

ISD 199 Student Advisory Council Learns About STEAMM
Posted on 01/08/2020
Student Advisory Council members learning about STEAMM classThe Inver Grove Heights Schools Student Advisory Council is a group of 4th-, 7th-, and 11th-grade students who meet to provide a student perspective on district decisions and initiatives. During their second meeting, students visited Salem Hills Elementary School to learn more about elementary STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, and Media) classes.

Starting this year, Media classes at Salem Hills were expanded into STEAMM classes. Next school year, Media classes at Hilltop Elementary School and Pine Bend Elementary School will also expand into STEAMM classes. Before the other two elementary schools make the change, the Student Advisory Council had a chance to experience the class for themselves and offer their thoughts.

Council members worked with a 4th-grade STEAMM class on their project: build a floating train using magnets. Once the STEAMM class ended, ISD 199’s Director of Learning, Teajai Anderson Schmidt, and Director of Instructional Technology, Caroline Little, explained to council members how Media classes evolved into STEAMM classes when engineering, computer science, coding, media arts, and more were added to the Media class skills of research, basic computer skills, literature, and library skills.

Mrs. Anderson Schmidt and Mrs. Little also talked to council members about the goal of STEAMM classes.

“You’re going to have jobs that we can’t even imagine right now,” Mrs. Anderson Schmidt said. “So our job is to prepare you to be successful in those new jobs by teaching core life skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.”

Student Advisory Council members then discussed what they liked most about the STEAMM class and what suggestions they had to improve it before classes start at Hilltop and Pine Bend in the 2020-2021 school year.