• Frequently asked questions about the STEAM program

     What is a STEAM program?

    STEAM brings the arts into science, technology, engineering, and math to foster creativity, ingenuity, and innovation; innovation that is necessary for creating new jobs and industries in the future. This arts-infused program helps students to make viable connections between all areas of learning in order to fully prepare them as they develop skills to become 21st-century learners, explorers and innovators.

     What does it mean when we say “the arts”?

    When we say “the arts,” we are not just talking about music or painting or drawing. While those areas are certainly a part of this program, we also include areas such as design and fabrication, web design, software development, fashion design, culinary arts, advertising, product design, music production, and so much more!

     Can I be part of STEAM and still be in choir/band/orchestra?
     Yes!  We have adjusted the number of requirements needed to better serve our students.  There are still the same number of required sections, just spaced out accommodate music schedules.

    Why are we adding a STEAM program at Anoka High School?

    The U.S. Department of Education reports that the number of STEM/STEAM jobs in the United States will grow by 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, growth that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports as “much faster” than the national average of 5 to 8 percent across all job sectors. Computer programming and IT jobs top the list of the hardest to fill jobs. Arts and creativity are crucial to the sciences, math, technology and computer science. They are the tool that allows technology to be usable in real life! Arts are used in website and user interfaces design, advertising, product design and usability, branding and start-up creation among countless other uses, all things that are crucial to STEM learning and careers. So STEAM education is crucial to educate and prepare the next generation of the American, and global workforce, and to allow this generation to create jobs and grow the economy.

     How will my classes be taught?

    STEAM classes will integrate subject matter, provide “hands-on” experiential learning, include guest speakers, and incorporate engaging field experiences. Learning about science, technology, engineering, and math will be fun, and the arts will heighten creative thinking and enhance learning.

    Students will be instructed through a blend of a traditional and Project-Based Learning Model wherein students are immersed in learning through experiential environments. Students will receive explicit content instruction but will also be learning through the STEAM modules and projects allowing for real learning through inquiry, critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving. The learning experience will be authentic integrating real-life applications of knowledge and skills.
    What are the required courses?
    Grade 9- STEAM Foundations and Computer Skills for STEAM
    Grade 10- STEAM Studio Lab A & B
    Grade 11- STEAM English A & B, STEAM Symposium
    Grade 12- STEAM Honors Design & Development A & B or STEAM Internship
    Students choose an additional minimum of 5 sections (2.5 credits) of STEAM electives from a wide range of options.
    What happens as a senior?

    Seniors have the option to take the two trimester Honors Design and Development course or select a three-trimester internship. Seniors in the HD&D course will be guided through a capstone project that highlights their interests and connects to future career and educational goals.  If the student chooses the internship option, s/he will work with an internship coordinator to find paid employment in the area of computer science, the arts, engineering, etc.

    Will I receive recognition for my participation in the STEAM program?

    Yes, STEAM program participants who complete the required courses will receive STEAM certification on their transcript.  
     In addition, students will participate in a STEAM fair each spring to showcase the projects they create through their classes.
     How do I apply for the STEAM program?
    Anoka High STEAM is now part of the NWSISD!  Students should apply online at nws.k12.mn.us 

    The 2020-21 Priority Magnet School Lottery Application is open to receive applications through December 31, 2019.  Our first lottery will begin January 2, 2020.  All applications received from October 15 through December 31, 2019 are considered Priority.

     If you have questions about the NWSISD magnet school application process, please call 763-450-1303.

    Please note that only students that are legal residents of one of the seven NWSISD member school districts may apply to a magnet school through NWSISD. Transportation:Busing is provided for eligible students enrolling in the STEAM program.  (Must live within the NWSISD communities)