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Powering Up With STEAM
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics

Grades 1, 2, and 3 have a year-long STEAM experience.  It is not a program but a philosophical approach to learning that integrates knowledge from various disciplines. The STEAM experience in Needham is divided into four 9-week segments with each focusing on a different aspect of the various disciplines.

The Science Center supports the Engineering component of STEAM.


windmills gr. 1
Grade 1 Newman
harps grade2

Grade 2 Hillside
Sound Engineers
(designing harps)


Grade 3 Hillside
Earthquake Engineers

In the Engineering component of STEAM, students are engaged in project-based engineering activities that integrate with the existing science curriculum.

Grade 1: Introduction to mechanical engineering. Students are engaged in an engineering design challenge focused on designing windmills.

Grade 2: Learn about various fields of engineering while listening to the sounds of different materials. Design a musical instrument.

Grade 3: Work to solve an earthquake engineering design challenge using shake tables and building units.

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