Northwood pitches STEAM program to school board (DOCUMENT)

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — The integration of arts, science, technology, engineering and math into the curriculum at Northwood Elementary School is going to be a slow but steady process.

The Crestview school will focus on expanding the art element first and the STEM aspects later, according to Barry Blackburn, one of two educators overseeing the implementation of Northwood Arts and Science Academy (NASA).

Blackburn, the assistant principal at neighboring Richbourg School, and Northwood Principal Jacquelyn Craig shared their plans Monday night with the Okaloosa County School Board at its meeting in Fort Walton Beach.

What we looked at was way to slowly integrate this,” Blackburn said during the short presentation.

View the presentation.

The goal is not to garner student interest initially, but to build on it year by year until the school has a fully-functional STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) program, Blackburn said.

For next year, that will mean simply adding another music teacher and a full-time art teacher. By the following year, dance and science programs will be added. In the third year, the school will add the final pieces with drama and technology.

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