I started my career at The Shipley School, an independent K-12 school located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, at an innovative and exciting juncture. In 2014, Shipley was starting an engineering course from scratch, and having spent several years in the industry as an engineer and several more as a math and science teacher in Philadelphia-area schools, I jumped at the opportunity to pioneer a new program as an Upper School (grades 9-12) teacher.

At the same time, Shipley was making great strides to build out its STEAM program, which is similar to a STEM program. It includes science, technology, engineering...

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About the Author:

With a professional background in engineering, Chris Fornaro serves as The Shipley School’s STEAM department head. He recently was awarded the 2016-2017 Exemplary Teacher Award, High School Division from the Montgomery County Science Teachers Association.