The Innovation Academy is a STEAM magnet program at Springfield Middle School in Robertson County. The Innovation Academy is academically rigorous, focusing on Project Based Learning activities that will prepare scholars for college and career. Scholars engage in hands-on, technology-based activities while exploring how to solve problems in and around our community. There are leadership, time management, collaboration and critical thinking requirements in each of the projects.
We are partnered with colleges and businesses around middle Tennessee to provide the most authentic STEAM program possible. Scholars work together on projects designed to integrate concepts from their entire curriculum bringing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math together.
Some of the highlights of the program are:
✓ High level academic expectations
✓ 1:1 Technology
✓ Online Textbooks
✓ College and Career Readiness
✓ 20:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
✓ Participation in STEAM Fair
✓ State-of-the-Art Science Lab
✓ TED Talks
✓ Performing Arts Opportunities
✓ EPIC Summer STEAM Camp
STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math
The STEAM class period is a combination of Math and Science instruction. Technology, the engineering design process, and the arts are all part of an integrated curriculum. Scholars are involved in hands-on projects that connect standards from both Math and Science. They collaborate and work cooperatively with peers in class and in our state of the art Science Lab.
REACH: Reading English to Analyze Culture and History
The REACH class period is a combination of Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies. Teachers integrate these subjects as scholars read about historical people and events while working to master Reading and Language Arts standards. Scholars are also involved in cooperative and individual projects combining standards from each content area.
An EPIC Program
The projects that bring all subjects together are what makes this program unique. By partnering with local businesses and colleges, scholars complete Project-Based Learning assignments. Using real-world situations from local businesses and open-ended questions, scholars solve problems and create solutions to those situations. The goal is for scholars to see how the skills they are learning in class relate to career opportunities they will have within our community. These projects incorporate collaboration, time management, critical thinking, problem solving and public speaking. The Innovation Academy has PBL Events where businesses and families have the opportunity to hear project presentations and scholars receive feedback from the host businesses.