19 STEAM-Focused Programs Around Atlanta
Technology and creative thinking make so many advances in our daily lives it’s often hard to keep up. It’s up to parents to take advantage of local resources. Here are schools, camps, programs and museums that emphasize STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) for kids.
Atlanta Academy’s Innovation Center takes 21st Century learning to the next level by providing tools, space and opportunity for students to discover, problem-solve, build prototypes and collaborate as they bring ideas (and baby chicks) to life. The Center is a great mix of art, engineering, creativity and analytics, so every student can have the ability to excel.
In the primary years, the curriculum introduces students to computer science, information technology and digital literacy through classroom inquiry. The secondary years focuses on social entrepreneurialism, coding and computer science electives with the option to achieve a professional certification and continue in grades 11 and 12 with a two-year computer science course.
A new $20 million STEM building has ignited students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The number of students enrolled in computer sciences classes has doubled, engineering is now a three-year study program and art students are fully integrated, creating digital art pieces that incorporate art, design, engineering and computer coding, and working with SCAD on design challenges for corporate clients.
The Lower School at Holy Spirit Prep’s STEAM program teaches students the engineering design process through challenging, collaborative, multi-day projects. Students research real-world problems, propose creative solutions, and evaluate their projects afterwards for opportunities to improve their design solutions. Common projects include designing and building structures or habitats, robotics, and programming challenges.
Mount Paran Christian School is an official Project Lead The Way® school. From preschool through high school, students are engaged in STEAM as investigators, experimenters, designers, and makers with hands-on, application-oriented curriculum or honors-level engineering. Eagle Robotics begins in second grade and free PreK STEAM classes are offered to toddlers and preschoolers in the community.
Through design thinking, project-based learning and maker, design and engineering efforts, students engage with their community in order to innovate. Students collaborate with for-profit and non-profit organizations, create bio-engineering solutions, draft digital blueprints and more. This learning naturally integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Still Waters provides a “STTEEAM” Project-Based Learning curriculum that not only focuses on the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, but also Theology and Entrepreneurship. Students are grounded on a holistic Christ culture framework and are encouraged to be innovators and future business owners.
From early code work in the Primary School and hands-on laboratory work in the Lower School, to an award-winning robotics program in the Middle School and internship opportunities with the Centers for Disease Control and Georgia Tech in our Upper School, Walker’s STEM program boasts experiential opportunities for students ages 3-18. With the School’s addition of the state-of-the-art Warren Science & Technology Building in 2018, The Walker School is metro Atlanta’s independent school for students who wish to pursue excellence in STEM-related fields.
Wesleyan School’s STEM program mission is for every student to discover and develop their unique calling from God as a problem solver. The School offers courses in computer science, engineering design, architecture and more to help fulfill this mission.
Children have many opportunities to improve on STEAM skills while visiting the Museum. Daily programs include the Super Spectacular Science Show, the Art Studio and the Build It Lab. Permanent exhibits including “Step Up to Science” feature the inner workings of the human body, the wonder of light, and the technology of robots. Use simple machines in the “Tools for Solutions” exhibit featuring make-believe wires and pipe connecting in the Construction House.
The High has programs and play areas designed just for kids. The newly-redesigned Greene Family Learning Gallery is kid‑centered, with an open studio for artmaking and a multi‑sensory gallery for learning about art’s possibilities. Featuring innovative, age-appropriate activities for children, it’s the ideal place to create and explore. Every second Sunday of the month from noon to 5 p.m., families gain free admission and get to experience special family-focused programs. During the camp programs each summer, young artists will explore, create, and showcase their artwork in an exhibition each week.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium has partnered with Big Thought to build out STEAM-based curriculum for grades 3-12. This 90-minute tour allows students to see four levels of the facility and learn about: What makes the Stadium a LEED Platinum Certified Building; the partnership with SCAD and the art pieces throughout the building; the architectural and engineering elements and what makes this stadium one of the most technologically-advanced stadiums in the U.S.
Look at arts and science in a new way with Circus Camp, from the talent of balancing and juggling to the creativity of clowning. Kids get to participate in real circus activities including the trapeze, tightrope, juggling, magic and more. Campers get to work with circus professionals to practice circus skills, and then perform in a show at the end of camp.
Camps provide an opportunity for kids to see how science works in the real world. Options include experiments and projects in Video Game Creation, Robotics, Veterinary Science, Crime Scene Investigation, Paleontology, Engineering, Space, Biology, Chemistry, Oceanography, LEGO Robotics, Medicine, Programming, 3-D Printing, Drones and more.
Kids and teens can learn foundational STEM skills at Georgia Tech and Emory University (and other national locations) in small groups for personalized learning. Campers learn to program, design video games, model and print 3D objects, code apps, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites and more depending on skill level. iD Tech also offers Alexa Cafe, a girls-only tech camp.
This STEM-based camp provides hands-on aviation experience for rising fourth through sixth grade students. Students will be exposed to careers in aviation through field trips to airports and other aviation facilities, including component testing and assembly. The culminating experience will be a team build-off competition, where students will be challenged to build and fly an aircraft they design.
Current gamers and future programmers will learn the language behind games and computer programs with Start Code. Campers will learn coding language and will be able to apply these tools to their interests to create exciting games, stories and digital artwork. Kids and teens will dive into hands-on projects using Python, Processing or Java and will even get to modify a Minecraft world.
The Friends School offers a summer full of STEAM enrichment. This includes visual and digital arts; innovation (makers, coders and game design); math; robotics; environmental science; creative dramatics; critter camp and more. Before and aftercare offered. Register now through April 6 for a $10 discount.
The STEM Hangar’s focus is on creating an active learning space where children ages 6-13 can investigate through hands-on participation, experimentation, and healthy competition. It is the desire of The STEM Hangar to provide children access to fun and challenging enrichment experiences and camps related to STEM.