New program highlights increasingly popular concept of STEAM in education

STEAM-programThe students crouched intently over laptop computers, inputting data from a chemistry experiment. It was the kind of thing one might expect to find in a college biology lab, but this scene took place recently at Manchester High School West, and the students were only freshmen.

Creating a college-level environment is the basic point of the new program the students are participating in, STEAM Ahead. After more than a year of planning, lofty presentations and fundraising, the program is now a reality for the 55 West students who make up its inaugural class.

Launched in partnership with the internet technology company Dyn and the marketing firm SilverTech, STEAM Ahead aims to transform students’ high school experience into a training ground for careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math–hence the acronym.

(Next page: How the school structures its STEAM Ahead program)