As educators, we are all continuously looking for interdisciplinary learning opportunities that will provide students with the most authentic learning experiences possible. With students’ hyper-exposure to the growing applications for technology, STEAM programs are one area in which real-world applications are readily apparent to students.

Here in Salamanca, New York, as we seek to ensure our students have the necessary marketable skills for the modern economy, we’ve chosen to incorporate a drone curriculum into our STEAM programs. With the core drone skills, our students open themselves to employment opportunities in diverse sectors such as cinematography, industrial inspections, public safety, agriculture, construction,...

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  • About the Author:

    Dr. Mark Beehler has served as the assistant superintendent for academic services in the Salamanca City Central School District since 2015. A former science teacher, he also served as director of instructional technology, director of science and health, and then chief information officer in a large suburban school district in Western New York. Dr. Beehler has focused on the implementation of STEAM not as a standalone curriculum or “one more thing to do,” but rather as an instructional approach to leverage the natural characteristics of Gen Z students to collaborate on interdisciplinary project-based learning experiences.