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S.T.E.A.M. Program

Wilson Hall is a certified Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) school by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA). To earn the certification, the school met SCISA STEAM standards that include having an inquiry-based learning environment for students that encourages problem-solving, students working independently and collaboratively, and students demonstrating creative and critical thinking.

Other STEAM standards include students using technology resources to conduct research, learning through performance-based assessments, and students demonstrating oral and verbal communication skills to express and elaborate their conclusions. Students in each class, from three-year-old preschool through twelfth grade and across all academic disciplines, participate in STEAM activities.

Three-year-old preschool students plant pumpkin seeds as part of their science instruction while learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Students in the Advanced Placement Biology class conduct an experiment regarding the rate of transpiration. They are using beans as sample plants and students designed an experiment choosing an independent variable and how it may or may not affect this rate.

Seventh-grade literature class students play an interactive video game, created by one of the students, based on the book Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. Students made projects which identified and explained various literary elements from their summer reading choice books.

As a STEAM activity first-graders use Oreo cookies to create a display of the phases of the moon. Students read the story “Watching the Moon” while studying light and sound in their reading series.

Seniors in the Advanced Placement English Literature class participate in a fun introductory activity to the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Students created monsters of their own and, as the creators, they wrote a letter to their creations either avowing or demeaning its existence. This activity later linked the major themes in the novel.

As a STEAM activity in their science class, fifth-graders collaborate to study the effects of weathering on rocks by using sugar cubes.