All grade levels at Cascade Canyon School participate in a specialist program called STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Math). In a STEAM class, students learn technology and design skills with the goal of increasing connection with others, solving real problems, and interacting with their school’s environment. James Brunner, our STEAM coordinator, holds teaching credentials in Biology, Chemistry, and Industrial and Technology Education. Prior to joining Cascade Canyon, James taught middle school at the Bayside STEM Academy in San Mateo. James also trained in design thinking at Stanford University’s dSchool. He weaves the dSchool’s empathy-focused design principles into the foundation of Cascade Canyon’s STEAM Program classes.
Our Kindergartners build connections between science and STEAM with an emphasis on asking good questions, being careful observers, and having empathy for others. STEAM for first and second graders offers students opportunities as inventors with access to high tech tools. In our third through sixth grade STEAM classes, students experiment with elements of design thinking in the context of computer programming. STEAM for seventh and eighth graders integrates design thinking with technology made popular by the Maker Movement, such as 3D printing.
STEAM gives Cascade Canyon School students exposure to the powerful creative tools of the digital age, and fosters successful experiences in engineering by highlighting the importance of the human connection as part of the creative process.