STEAM Ahead New Hampshire forging ahead with Bean Foundation grants
Project director Robert Baines told the school board on Monday that STEAM is in line to get $75,000 through grants from the Bean Foundation, and he said other philanthropies are also considering lending their support.
The goal of the academy is get students excited in careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math — hence the acronym — and provide them real-world experience in those fields.
“This is going to create a revolution in education in this city,” Baines said. “This will be a catalyst, a shining star for what’s happening in public education in Manchester because of the commitment the business community has made.”
“When you talk what a classroom is, we think of students in rows and the teacher in front of the class,” West Principal Christopher Motika said. “We want to turn that on its head ... The idea is we want kids to be able to work in pods in small groups, to work together, and collaborate in critical thinking tasks.”