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Achieve more through STEAM.
Palm Beach Day Academy believes so strongly in the value of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) as a vital approach to education that a STEAM Scholar-in-Residence, Litzrudy Justinvil, M.D., works with faculty and students on both campuses.
When STEAM rooms work properly, students make the decisions, control the direction of their projects and solve problems as a team of scientists, engineers, artists and mathematicians.
Dr. Justinvil advises on curriculum, team-teaches and engages the PBDA community in conversations about what it means for students to be scientifically literate citizens.
Dr. Justinvil received his Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medicine at Palm Beach Atlantic College and his M.D. at University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. He is the recipient of many awards, most recently the Carrie P. Meek Outstanding Education Leadership Achievement Award for his accomplishments as a mentor-teacher and leader in science education.
PBDA also employs STEAM rooms where students use manipulatives to design solutions as a team of scientists, engineers, artists and mathematicians.
Kindergarteners reading “The Three Little Pigs” might investigate how to construct a house strong enough to withstand a powerful wind. First graders discuss how to build a gingerbread house using three different kinds of windows (transparent, translucent and opaque). Second graders consider how to create a parachute that would help Jack escape a giant. And third graders engineer derby racecars to exact specifications.
STEAM lessons are rigorous, fun and contain real-world applications.