STEAM at AIS

In addition to promoting the importance of the individual subjects in STEAM, we design learning experiences for our students that allow them to explore human issues.  An exploration of important issues and taking action to address them inherently require students to apply and synthesize what they have learned in different STEAM disciplines and other subjects. 

In our Primary School, STEAM is transdisciplinary-- our young students inquire and investigate important STEAM concepts without the boundaries of the different disciplines in their classes.  In Secondary School, STEAM is interdisciplinary--our students integrate and synthesize knowledge and skills from two or more subjects to develop solutions, create products, or explain phenomena in ways that would have been unlikely with one discipline.  Our students engage in relevant and rigorous learning experiences. At AIS, STEAM learning is relevant because it allows students to make connections with what they are learning in school and beyond their academic environment as well as answer the question, ‘Why are we learning this?’  It is also rigorous because STEAM learning requires students to apply and synthesize learning.

In order to effectively offer our STEAM curriculum in our physical environment,  we have our Adair Art Science and Design (ASD) Center, which brings the creative intelligences of the visual arts and digital design together with the disciplines of the sciences, design technology and engineering in spaces that allow for students to design, create, engineer, build and present their solutions to real-world problems individually and in collaborative teams.

Our Primary School Makerspace engages our young students in design thinking, collaboration, and creative problem-solving as they tinker with many materials in the physical, artistic and digital realms. 

STEAM at AIS goes beyond the normal classrooms.  We provide opportunities for our students to find and pursue their passions through our co-curricular programs, internships, and Lunch and Learn. Our STEAM endorsement program helps prepare our students to pursue STEAM-related careers after graduation.
 

Primary Co-Curricular Activities

In order to further develop our students’ STEAM learning experiences in the classroom, we offer after-school STEAM enrichment activities. Our STEAM faculty and staff coach these programs and prepare students to participate in various competitions. Examples of these initiatives are below. 

  • Math Club 
  • Math: Consolidation, Numeracy & Mental Arithmetic 
  • Math: Enrichment, Exploration & Extension
  • Math Kangaroo 
  • Science Olympiad 
  • STEAM Club
  • Robotics Club
  • First LEGO League Robotics

Secondary Co-Curricular Activities

Our Upper School students participate in student-led, faculty mentored STEAM co-curricular programs and are often part of regional, state and national competitions.

  • BioDesign Challenge 
  • FLL Robotics 
  • FRC Robotics 
  • Girls in STEM 
  • Innovation Hub Activities
  • InVenture Prize @ GA Tech
  • The Investment Club
  • Math Competition Clubs
  • Math & Coding Clubs
  • Math Kangaroo 
  • Science Olympiad
  • Theatre Tech Club

Faculty

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  • Photo of Peluchi Flores

    Peluchi Flores 

    Director of STEAM and Interdisciplinary Learning 3K- Grade 12
    404-841-3840
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    Jane Simpkins 

    Primary School STEAM Coach

Lunch & Learn

Our STEAM Lunch and Learn program is designed to give students the chance to learn about various STEAM fields and careers and gain insight into potential future career options.  This is an informal talk over lunch where our students can learn from guest speakers about what they do day-to-day and a little about their educational and career paths. Students learn about our speaker’s day to day work in their field, their interests, current projects, and journey to their careers.  We welcome about ten guest speakers throughout the school year, who talk at our Middle School and Upper School sessions.

Diploma Endorsement

All AIS students in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to work towards a STEM or STEAM diploma endorsement. STEM and STEAM professionals drive innovation worldwide, and AIS strives to graduate students interested in and prepared for college and careers in STEM and STEAM-related fields. By completing a rigorous and well-rounded IB education plus additional STEM or STEAM curricular and co-curricular requirements, as well as a two-week internship in a STEM field of interest, our students will be uniquely placed to meet the challenges and opportunities of our interdependent, fast-changing world.   

Internships for Students in Grades 10 & 11


The AIS Summer Internship Program provides rising Grade 11 and 12 students with a two-week unpaid summer internship or job shadow at businesses and institutions in the US or abroad. Internships help our students integrate and bridge knowledge and skills learned at school to opportunities in the industry they are interested in pursuing as future careers or professions.  Moreover, internships provide a standout experience for our students who will soon apply to universities.

Most of our interns are also pursuing our rigorous STEM or STEAM graduation endorsement program, which requires applicants to experience an internship.  However, AIS encourages all students, not just those who are pursuing a STEM or STEAM graduation endorsement to seek internship experience. About 35% of our class of 2019 graduates received a STEM or STEAM graduation endorsement.
 

Da Vinci Fellowship

Our Goizueta Da Vinci Fellowship allows AIS to invite distinguished STEAM practitioners to AIS to develop cross-curricular workshops and learning experiences that combine excellence in science and engineering with diverse perspectives in design and the arts.  In November 2019, Corinne Takara, one of AIS’ Da Vinci Fellows, conducted workshops from preschool to upper school focused on integrating sustainability into the curriculum. Takara also offered training for faculty and engaging and creative workshops open to parents.

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Atlanta International School

A private, non-profit, international, IB World School for grades 3K-12, featuring full and dual-immersion language programs.

2890 North Fulton Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30305, USA
404.841.3840