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STEAM & Arts Program


What Is STEAM?

"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."
- Susan Riley



Madison County Schools are preparing students for the future through STEAM. Across our school system, teachers are using arts integration in their classrooms. At MCSS we know that the Arts make science, technology, and engineering more approachable, relatable, and relevant to our students. As Art in Action states, "Although the emphasis on STEM is essential to meet the needs of our ever changing economy, putting the “A” into STEAM best prepares children with the skill set they will need to become successful, well-rounded thinkers." The arts prepare our students with important skills in creativity, collaboration, confidence, and critical thinking — The perfect building blocks for STEAM. 


Full STEAM Ahead!

MCSS Art & Music Teachers Getting In On The STEAM Action!

Recycled Instruments: Music + Engineering + Science

🎶 Students in Mrs. Viktoria Truesdail's music class at Monrovia Elementary & Endeavor Elementary Schools used STEAM skills to create their own instruments! During this awesome music lesson, empty bottles were used to create maracas after studying how important it is to reduce, reuse and recycle. Students collected empty water bottles from the recycle bins around the school, washed and dried them, then added rice and confetti to make these super fun recycled instruments. 🌎💚


Earth Day Musical: Music + Science

🎶 Students in Mrs. Viktoria Truesdail's music class sang songs related to our environment. These music students created all the props and wrote their own lines after researching Earth Day facts. The musical was performed by the Monrovia Music Makers and the Endeavor Singing Clubs.


 Spring Butterflies: Art + Reading + Science + Math + Technology

🎨 At New Market SchoolMs. Anna Parks collaborated with Mrs. Lisa Taylor for a kinder - sixth grade unit on Butterflies. During the weeks of this project students observed the life cycle of a butterfly, researched Painted Lady Butterflies, and listened to Mrs. Taylor, NMS Librarian, read books about butterflies.
Meanwhile, during Ms. Parks' Art Class, students learned about how some butterflies have colorful symmetrical patterns, while others camouflage into their environment. Ms. Parks also used Brain Pop Jr. to teach the students about a butterfly's life cycle and migration. 
During this art project, students used facts they learned to plan a symmetrical pattern for their butterfly. They colored their butterfly with a color scheme of their choice. Each student used collage techniques to create an environment for their butterfly to live in. Last, students glued their butterfly onto their background. Between Art Class and Library, students learned so much about Butterflies and each had at art piece they could be proud of! 🦋

Music Curriculum: Incorporating STEAM

🎶 Ever wonder what students actually do in Music class? They learn rhythm, fluency, science, math, and presentation skills (of course)! Check out this slideshow that MCSS Music Teacher, Mrs. Viktoria Truesdail, created for curriculum night at Monrovia Elementary School. This is just one example of our amazing elementary music program.


Geometry, Shape Identification, & Repetition: Art + Math + History

🎨 At Mt. Carmel Elementary SchoolMrs. Jamie Self's art class is exploring geometry and shapes through collaboration! They are using construction paper to recreate a model of Wassily Kandinsky's concentric circles. In geometry, two or more objects are said to be concentric when they share the same center or axis. 



Screen printing: Art + Science + Design

🎨 At Moore's Mill Intermediate School, Mrs. Tammy Walters collaborated with a local print shop in New Market, AL, Flint Crossing Outdoors, to teach her students about screen printing. During this project students designed and printed their own shirts! Not only does this sound cool, but there is definitely a science to the process.  

In the traditional screen printing approach, students start with a square wooden frame. Over this frame a student tightly stretches a piece of sheer fabric. This is the screen. Over this sheer fabric they put a thin sheet of plastic, which students have "cut" their design into. To cut their design into the plastic, students use a liquid plastic coating that's sensitive to ultraviolet light and "cut" the holes with light. After this, a squeegee is used to press and pull ink through the design and fabric, onto their shirt. This creates a sharp-edged image on the shirt.


Color Mixing, Tye-Dye & Chromatography: Art + Science

🎨 There is more than just drawing going on in Ms. Anna Parks' art class. During a recent project, students from Pre-K to 6th Grade learned about the science of chromatography and color mixing. They used the inks of washable markers with coffee filters. When ink is exposed to certain solvents the colors dissolve and can be separated. When we expose a piece of paper or even a coffee filter with ink on it to a solvent, the ink spreads across the paper when the ink dissolves. This experiment caused a colorful Tye-Dye effect to occur on the filters. Ms. Parks limited their ink colors to the primary colors (red, blue, yellow). As the pigment of the inks spread on the filter, secondary colors started to occur. Each student also was able to use their art piece as part of a colorful school-wide collaborative display.