STEAM education is about more than just the subjects in its name — Science + Technology + Engineering + Arts + Mathematics. Rather than teaching those subjects in a vacuum, STEAM programs integrate them in an inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum that more closely aligns with what students will experience in the real world using tools relevant to their world.
A STEAM education allows students to connect their learning in these critical areas together with arts practices, elements, design principles, and standards to provide the whole pallet of learning at their disposal. STEAM removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation.
The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process to become the innovators, educators, leaders, and life-long learners.
Something for Everyone
ILC leverages technology like smartphones, digital video, 3D printing, virtual reality, robotics, solar, CAD software etc., to support learners of all ages. Our new paradigm learning environment not currently available anywhere in our community provides hands-on STEAM classes and activities that inspire and bring out the innate curiosity that lies in all of us. It is that curiosity that motivates us to learn more and go further. Not because we were told to but because we must in order to satisfy our curiosity.
Our Academic Support program is a resource designed to help students excel in STEAM subjects. We offer tutoring, classes and workshops that engages students and allows them to lead the way. Students actively seek out information to make their own discoveries rather than relying on a teacher to give it to them.
The home school community can sign up for High School Biology Lab, Middle School Chemistry Lab, Earth Science, Introduction to Programming and Electrical Circuit classes.
Other students are encouraged to take advantage of our Academic Support program after school or on Saturdays.
ILC provides enhancement of traditional STEAM instruction — mirroring the most relevant realities of the community in our facility. We offer students a variety of ways to explore STEAM that include sustainable energy projects, science exploration, 3D modeling & printing, robotics, virtual reality, engineering projects, coding, Kerbal Space Program, electrical circuit basics, Minecraft and much more.
Educators looking for a unique and engaging field trip should schedule one with us. Students will find themselves easily immersed in making new discoveries that boost their 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration).
Academic enrichment is also available exclusively to the Home School Community on certain days. Please check our calendar.
Looking beyond K-12, ILC works with adults to enhance their work skills and improve their economic situation. Adult learners can participate in workshops that increases their knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications or earn a Microsoft certification in a classroom setting. We also have Autodesk Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering software available.
Technology is a big part of STEAM programs. Students are used to working with technology and have woven it into their daily life. More often than not, students know more about current technology than their teachers.
Educators need to up their game. If educators want to boost engagement, they will need to incorporate current technology relevant to their students such as Snapchat, Instagram, Minecraft, digital media and virtual reality into daily activities. With technology is changing so fast, ILC will be the resource educators need to help them improve student outcomes and narrow the digital divide.
ILC is working hard in the business community to find mentors and apprenticeships for our K-12 students. What better way to help students with professional development than to offer an opportunity for them to build a long lasting relationship with business professionals in an industry that they are interested in.