This STEAM specialty course introduces 6th - 8th grade students to beginning concepts in Digital Citizenship, Applied Digital Skills, Design & Modeling, and Engineering & Architecture. It teaches relevant, project-based, real-world, and hands-on learning experiences that introduce them to STEAM-based courses and, ultimately, guides them toward a STEAM-based mindset of “solutionary” equity-based and environmentally sustainable perspective.
Students learn to break down complex problems into simpler, solvable blocks; to model and describe what they want something to do, and to see failure as an important opportunity to learn rather than as a judgment of their ability. It also is an opportunity for students to express themselves through a mixture of science, engineering, story-telling, and art, the type of integrative skills that will be essential in the 21st century.
MIT does not assign elective courses to students. Instead, as the term “elective” suggests, students elect their own choice. The idea is to give students a voice in their academic career helping them develop and shape their leadership skills.