STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) instruction at ILC engages students in hands-on lessons while introducing them to concepts that build on college and career readiness. STEAM activities also peak students' interests and potentially lay the foundation for students to participate in BUSD's CTE/CALAPS programs at the secondary level. We have revamped our former Science Lab to expand instruction into STEAM lessons. Students may visit the STEAM Lab to conduct Science experiments, explore sewing with our new sewing machines, or dabble in culinary arts through cooking.
Primary students have varied opportunities to learn concepts of agriculture through gardening, harvesting, and integrating observation and graphing into measuring plant growth. These concepts lead to direct instruction on both plant and animal life cycles. Science experiments, such as dissecting owl pellets, engage students in fully understanding life cycle through an interactive experience. Environmental sciences are emphasized through education and participation in recycling programs. Students are introduced to the basics of engineering and design as they create gingerbread houses during the holiday season.
Upper grade students' introduction into STEAM becomes more detailed and complex as we integrate logic, problem solving, and critical thinking skills through coding. Technology skills are taught through sequencing, repeated functions, animation, graphic design, and conditioning. Scientific experiments build upon foundational knowledge in primary grades, as students conduct experiments on electrical circuits, sound waves, solar energy, and plant dissection. Activities and interactive computer tools dive into microorganisms. Students create models of rock formations and layers, rivers with the cause and effect of erosion, and use physical models to observe wave motion and patterns. Project learning extends into product innovation and design with marketing through culinary arts and sewing. Engineering projects increase with depth and complexity by integrating components of the engineering process and the scientific method. Students also collaborate through writing, creating, and editing videos with film and production.
All ILC Eagles learn art history and design projects through the Meet the Masters art program, sponsored by the PTA. Five times per year, students study a famous artist and create projects that exemplify the artists' great works and technique. Students may also choose to participate in both Art Night and the Reflections Art Contest, as PTA activities. Visual and performing arts are encouraged as all students have the opportunity to try-out for and possibly perform in the annual Variety Show. Science is extended and enhanced in sixth grade as students spend a week at Thousand Pines Outdoor Science School.