August, 2014

Dear Friends of Boston Arts Academy,

 

I hope you are all having a restful summer. I am delighted to share some exciting news about our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) program at BAA.

 

We are thrilled to announce that this fall we will open a new STEAM Laboratory at BAA. We are proud to say that BAA's STEAM Lab will be the first of its kind in an urban public arts high school! By infusing the "Arts" into STEM, our students discover a passion for their academics and recognize how arts and academics are both intertwined and essential to their success. We are excited to reach new heights with our cutting-edge STEAM curriculum. Experts estimate that as many as 65% of today's grade school students will end up working in jobs that have not been invented yet. Boston Arts Academy's STEAM Lab will help prepare our students for this reality.  

 

We have hired Nettrice Gaskins, ABD in the Digital Media Program at Georgia Institute of Technology, to serve as our STEAM Lab Director.  Before her graduate work at Georgia Institute of Technology, Nettrice was at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she taught visual language to first-year college students and computer animation as part of MassArt's K-12 program.

Nettrice Gaskins, BAA's new STEAM Lab Director


 

Nettrice will develop and manage our STEAM Lab, which will be located within a classroom at BAA. The STEAM Lab will be a place to play, think and create across disciplinary boundaries.  It will be a lab with tools and materials for experimenting with STEAM ideas and practices. It will be a space to model emerging STEAM inspired curriculum and teaching for the larger educational community to access. The Lab will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology - a 3D printer, a laser cutter, mobile applications, and electronics - that will enable students to work collaboratively on projects with their peers and STEAM professionals.


 

Beginning next month, we will be documenting the development of the STEAM Lab on social media at twitter.com/bostonartsacad and on our website at bostonartsacademy.org. Stay connected to learn about what exciting learning opportunities emerge from this new resource for our students and community!

 

Warm wishes, 

Anne R. Clark 
Anne R. Clark, Headmaster
 
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