Hartwell School Builds Tomorrow’s Leaders and Innovators

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STEAM is a new program focus for students at Hartwell School this year.

Best friends Janiyla and Naiymah are both excited for the new STEAM program as they enter the fifth grade.

Principal Antwan Lewis formally announced the Vision 2020 initiative, which integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fundamentals with the Arts, during a recent open house at the school. The goal is to broaden children’s knowledge and strengthen key skills that are needed to go far.

“The program is an opportunity for our kids to use their creativity with problem-solving and problem-based learning,” Principal Lewis said. “Adding the Arts component not only helps kids with creativity, but also helps them realize they can be themselves and learn and think on their own.”

The program offers a dedicated STEAM instructor who develops grade-specific programs, as well as extracurricular activities that supplement and build upon classroom lessons.

“I think it will be neat to show how the different subjects work together,” said Naiymah, a fifth-grader at the school.

“I think the new program sounds cool,” said Janiyla, another fifth-grader. “I am really interested in technology and math.”

Miguel is entering second grade this year, while his brother, Ryan, is entering first grade.

Hartwell students also benefit from a technology lab, complete with 3D printers, and a partnership with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati to learn about costume design, set building, lighting/sound design and sales.

“I love everything about this school,” said parent Brittany Tucker. “I think the new STEAM program is a good opportunity for my boys. I am so glad they have the chance to try and learn new things.”

“STEAM gives us the opportunity to provide more hands-on learning to our students,” Principal Lewis shared. “We are excited to bring the community along with all the great things we have happening here at Hartwell.”

Learn more about the STEAM program and Hartwell School at https://hartwell.cps-k12.org/.

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