Strategic Plan - Page 14Design & Innovation: From STEM to STREAM 

At AC, we believe knowledge and mastery of content is essential, but it must be coupled with the ability to apply it in meaningful and creative ways.  We intentionally create opportunities for students to engage in converging disciplines in through collaborative coursework across STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and as students apply their knowledge, silos of content areas disappear, depth of understanding grows, and lifelong learning develops, no matter the age of the student.

D&I Lab 1Building on our tradition of academic excellence, AC students and faculty will actively partner with businesses, universities, and organizations worldwide. Through problem solving, design work, relevant and translational research, students will learn to collaborate across networks, lead by influence and develop agility and adaptability.

Goal: To develop an institute that empowers students to actively shape scientific and technological developments that are directed toward making a positive impact on the world.

AC must:

  • Establish a Center for STEM, Design, Innovation and Research and appoint a leader to develop curricula, build partnerships, and expand experiences.
  • Develop Design, Innovation, and Research courses with partners on and off campus.
  • Engage students in the process of presenting and reflecting on their work with external partners.
  • Seek grant funding sources and business partners to provide unique opportunities and authentic experiences for all K-12 students in the area of STEM, design, innovation, and research.

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