From STEM to STEAM and Beyond

January 27, 2016 |

The room buzzes with energy.

Students cluster around tables, heads bent close together, talking animatedly.

One group threads yarn between images on a conspiracy board. Another group reviews a case file. On their table rest a mortar and pestle – evidence the team replicated using the school’s 3D printer.

In another wing of the building, the students-turned-private investigators analyze “blood samples,” made from tomato juice, at the crime scene.

The 10th graders at Plano ISD Academy High School have been assigned to solve the murder of a famous historical figure. During this project, students will recreate the crime scene, gather DNA evidence, build a case, and present their findings before law enforcement personnel from the community. The students must demonstrate a mastery of various disciplines, from biology to history to art and design.

This interdisciplinary mindset is woven into the fabric of Academy High School.

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