During the biology unit, the sisters delve into understanding their identity, how their bodies are made and the importance of good nutrition and cardiovascular health. With many links to the physical science unit, the biology curriculum starts by bringing traditional science content (such as dissection, understanding cells, etc.) and makes it relevant to a middle school girl.
The foundational goal of the Sisters e S.T.E.A.M. curriculum is to introduce the sciences to young women. Historically, women and especially women of color are underrepresented in the sciences, especially in the hard sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, environmental science, etc.). With careers rooted in STEM being the fastest growing sectors in employment, it is important that all youth have an exposure to the content in a way that engages and interests them.
In its' signature module, Sisters e S.T.E.A.M. showcases the important of a culturally relevant curriculum. The concepts associated with chemistry may be difficult for a young person to understand - but when you bring the cosmetic and beauty industry in as a path to learning it increases the interest level of all students.
Sisters e S.T.E.A.M. believes in a maker-based pedagogy of learning. Science, by definition, should be hands - on, but in too many classrooms, students read about science and aren't able to make science. Currently, the sisters create and test several beauty products while learning important chemistry concepts, like the importance of pH in women's health. The top "sellers" are lip balm, personal-size deodorant, organic soap, and eyeshadow.
What better way to test Newton than through dance? What is the best way to test how gears and planes affect how a golf ball moves through space - K'nex of course!
Becoming environmentally conscious is one of our chief goals that ties to our commitment to emotional and physical health. We do focus on global issues related to green living and sustainability and we also look at our immediate communities for ways to improve our lives. Our girls use Turtle Creek to examine issues around water quality and participate in up-cycling challenges, such as the Eco Challenge.
Robotics is being added Fall of 2015. Stay tuned for more information and updates as Sisters e S.T.E.A.M. delves into coding and robotics.