The Urban STEAM Foundation (USF) is a 501(C)3 organization focusing on educating third through eighth grade students, teaching, sharing, and exposing them to exploratory learning through science, technology, engineering, the ARTS, and mathematics.
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the ARTS and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process.These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century.
USF firmly believes in integrating the ARTS into all content areas students will learn. We want students to not only understand how to use science, technology, engineering and math, but also to understand how they all work together, and ultimately, question how they could work together more effectively.
Character education is practiced and taught, which focus on the six pillars of character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.Collaboration, team building, and communication are essential focuses.
Students interact with their environment by exploring and manipulating objects, wrestling with questions and controversies, or performing experiments. Discovery learning, exploratory learning, and problem-based learning take place.
The STEAM movement is revolutionizing education across the globe. Using the ARTS to teach STEM is vital to the future of education. ARTS and integration practices improve students' test scores, retention, and engagement.The Urban STEAM Foundation offers a weekly after-school and summer program project building curriculum; designed by partnering with the
Winston-Salem School of the Arts ArtistCorps Program.