“As we prepare our students for graduation, success in college, future careers that may not even exist yet, and global competency, AGS has a defined strategic focus on ensuring key STEAM principles are fully integrated throughout our curriculum.”Ayanna Hill-Gill, Head of School
Research shows that over 12% of girls from single-sex schools go on to study in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields compared to roughly 2% of girls from traditional coed schools.
Interdisciplinary learning at AGS allows for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) to anchor academic experiences in meaningful ways.
In Middle School students learn computer programming with various programs including Scratch. They practice logical thinking, and they develop reasoning skills through coding. Life Science classes build upon these skills and apply them to learning the parts of a cell, using both scientific and artistic skills in their design and use of the 3D printer.
Upper School students learn about design thinking through their production course and also through a series of courses in graphic design. LEGO Robotics is explored during our SMART Girls summer camps and during Winterim, a ten-day term between semesters, we offer several cross-curricular courses for Middle and Upper School students that emphasize critical design-thinking STEAM skills.
Our community engagement efforts have included professors from Savannah College of Art and Design, software engineers, scientists, lawyers, alumnae, and artists participating as guest instructors. We are currently working with the TEALS program to connect industry computer programmers with AGS teachers for meaningful teaching and learning from experts in the field.
Teachers learn, too!
Faculty and staff have enjoyed enhanced professional development opportunities to learn how to better integrate STEAM into their classroom activities.
Women In Technology and Atlanta Girls’ School partnered for a screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap – a film that explores why women are underrepresented in tech today and provokes us to think about solutions to grow female representation in the industry. Click “READ MORE” for more information and to see photos of the event.
We love when we can see STEAM throughout the day at AGS! The 6th grade class comes together once every two weeks to code using Little Bits code kits. In this particular lesson, 6th grade math and science classes were learning to code sequences of sounds. Click “READ MORE” for more info and photos.
Upper School art students kicked off the year with an inspirational field trip to the High Museum of Art and the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). Freshman Edie Butler brought along her camera and captured some of the fun. Click “READ MORE” to view photos.
For this project, students select one character to study closely from the novel “The Secret Life of Bees.” As they read the novel, they are asked to keep this character in mind with the future purpose of creating a hat to express the character’s special traits. Click “READ MORE” for photos.