STEAM Education

"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. 


By allowing students to connect their learning in the STEM areas together with arts practices, elements, and design principles STEAM removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process." 


“Witnessing how technology has developed and been refined since allowing us to land on the moon and come back home, I am eager to see how it will be used in the future of space travel. Only through the collaboration of arts and sciences will the technological progress capable of sending the first humans to Mars be made, and we need students from all disciplines to help achieve this goal.”  

~Buzz Aldrin

STEAM at Silvestri

Silvestri Jr. High School puts a high value on STEAM education; therefore it will have three full-time teachers teaching STEAM classes.


Mr. John Walz, Dr. Michael Pregosin, and Ms. Tanya Ely have been teaching students at Silvestri close to two decades and have gravitated toward the multifaceted approach to blending:

  • Science

  • Technology

  • Engineering

  • Art

  • Math


PITSCO Education highlighted Silvestri's STEAM program in an article titled, "Maximum STEM: Range of offerings perfect for Las Vegas junior high" published on February 6, 2018.

PITSCO Education highlighted Silvestri's STEAM program in an article titled, "Maximum STEM: Range of offerings perfect for Las Vegas junior high" published on February 6, 2018.

6th Grade Beginning STEAM Bot Challenge

Dr. Pregosin's Beginning STEAM Class had a Bot Competition in which they were judged using several criteria, one being fastest time. 


Watch the videos below and see if you can tell who won!

       *Challenge #1    *Challenge #2      *Challenge #3        

The History of STEAM Education

The Evolution of STEM and STEAM in the U.S.
By Jennifer Gunn    


STEAM continues to gain momentum in our country, it’s becoming increasingly
obvious that many schools value the arts just as much as they do science, tech,
engineering, and math.


In fact, every year on November 8, America celebrates National STEM/STEAM Day.
How has STEM/STEAM gained so much momentum? Let’s start with a look back at
how STEAM came to be, where it’s headed—and your part in the movement forward.


The call for STEM

In the 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama told Congress and the country, “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.” It was his call for the United States to ramp up technological innovation to stay competitive with other nations, spur economic growth, preserve national security, and propel ingenuity. Harkening back to the 1957 space race with Russia that spurred rapid growth in science and technological innovation, Obama called for the United States to seize this modern moment for our youth, asking educators to prioritize 21st-century skills learning. With millions in funding for teacher training, grants, research, and measurability
STEM is now a household name in education practice.,

The history of STEM and STEM education

As most educators and many observers know, the pendulum swings quite often in education, and the prevailing political movement tends to influence the reforms of the time. We saw a back-to-fundamentals approach after World War II, a time fraught with conservatism and McCarthyism. In the 1970s, we saw a post-Sputnik loosening of rote memorization and drills in favor of more equality-based and individualized learning. The Tech Boom of the 1990s and 2000s brought us a modern-day Sputnik call—this time, in the form of a percolating tech explosion so considerable it demanded that educators shift their focus once again. And that instructional shift had a name: STEM.


Click here to read the rest of the article including "...push for "STEM, let’s look at the numbers:

The Future of STEAM Education is Now

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