Del Mar Union School District launches STEAM+ Learning


The first day of school will mark the launch of STEAM+ learning for children in the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD). Science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics are essential components of STEAM+ learning, along with a focus on physical fitness (P.E.) and other educational enhancements that put the essential “+” into STEAM+.

DMUSD children experience extraordinary learning opportunities that advance students’ thinking through stimulating engagement in the educational program. DMUSD STEAM+ environments are alive with standards-based learning encounters that teach children to think, innovate, create. Through purposeful lessons and units of study based on clear learning targets and objectives, students have opportunities that challenge their thinking and require them to apply what they have learned. Students’ learning is supported by credentialed specialists who help to integrate concepts in science, technology, engineering, the arts, mathematics and physical education. Science and engineering concepts fuse together with technology and art! Physical education and music collide in ways never before imagined!

Today’s students must possess certain knowledge and skills to thrive. These essential skills define what students need in order to realize their potential, to be innovative global thinkers, and to be poised for success in their chosen careers. Students must be comfortable taking risks, adept at collaboration, confident in the face of significant challenges, and skilled at carving out unique solutions.

The STEAM+ approach to learning removes the traditional barriers separating disciplines and allows students opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned, or are in the process of learning, to real-world, relevant experiences. Dynamic learning environments support strategic thinking, innovation, and collaboration. These practices promote deep understanding and sustain a lifetime of inquiry. Every school in the Del Mar Union School District is fortunate to be able to provide a high-quality, vibrant STEAM+ educational experience for its children as a result of district financial commitment and community support through the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF).

This momentous evolution will take what is currently known as ESC to STEAM+, and move the district from “now” to “WOW”! DMUSD schools’ educational programs reflect the desires and character of each individual school community. What does “+” mean in STEAM+? Language experiences, increased opportunities for mathematics, enhanced engineering, robotics, performing arts, instrumental band, orchestra, problem solving and more.

— Submitted press release by the Del Mar Union School District