STEAM at Miraloma

(Science, technology, engineering, art, MATH)

Our STEAM Team of parents, teachers and Principal Ingber are working hard to continue, improve and expand STEAM at Miraloma. Exciting things are happening and STEAM news will be shared on this page and our weekly newsletter. 

About our STEAM Lab

The STEAM lab is dedicated to help enhance our kids' exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM), to foster their interests, and better prepare them for the world and the jobs of the future.

Our STEAM Team participated in the SFUSD iLab design program to imagine and develop the design of the new space. The iLab program uses a Design Thinking process, championed by the Stanford D-School and commonly used by leading product design teams. This process helped us envision how to best prepare our kids for a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive world by sparking their interests in STEAM with our lab.

The team looked at examples of personalization in business and education (i.e. Amazon, Pandora, Netflix or Khan Academy, etc.) as inspiration for how we could create a more personalized and differentiated learning environment. We identified stakeholders; including our kids, teachers, parents, and potential partners, and interviewed them about their wants, needs, and ideas. From there we developed user personas (fictitious students that represent a cross-section of all Miraloma students), and we envisioned 'a day in the life' of these personas to help us get to a prototype of what our lab would entail.

As part of this process, all our teachers and several of our students were interviewed and provided their STEAM Lab wish lists. Teachers also provided a very impressive list of the STEAM related units they offered in their classrooms, and of STEAM-based professional development that they have completed. This input was paramount in driving the design of the new lab.