Making Learning Meaningful: Why integrated STEM programs make sense

How do we get kids to love learning and love going to school every day? This is a growing problem in our society today. Kids are experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression at rapidly growing rates. Psychology Today (Grey, May 2018) indicated “a continuous increase in the rate of psychiatric emergencies during school weeks, but not during vacation weeks over the four year period of the study”.
The reasons vary from academic pressures, peer pressures, disinterest, and plain boredom. At Lake Travis STEM Academy we make learning fun by creating real world curriculum and experiences to provide students with engaging, supportive, and authentic lessons/projects.

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Featured Partner: Project-Based Technology Education at Future Set Tech Camp

As an experienced educator, we have seen the limits of a traditional approach to teaching through a repetitive cycle of rote memorization and standardized testing: a neglect for conceptual understanding and real-world applications; a failure to inspire; an inefficacy with regard to long-term retention. 

Lake Travis STEM Academy elegantly addresses key shortcomings of the traditional model for education that many of us grew up with.  If you find this alternative approach compelling, Future Set Tech Camp might be a great fit for your child as well.

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Life is not a Journey!

A compelling account on why life is not a journey! At LTSA, we thought it important to share this. Alan Watts's humorous video is a great illustration and testimonial to some of our core concepts, beliefs, and philosophy as a hands-on, experiential and inspiration-rich learning environment. Watch and Enjoy!

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Elementary Class Engineering Project Complete. Check out the Video!

Our Elementary class "mini engineers" completed their project and buid an awesome looking water collection system. These kids created several designs from scratch, presented their designs to actual engineers and had to go through multiple iterations to get their designs  and construction plan approved! They built miniature models of their designs, budgeted and shopped for materials prior to building the entire system from the ground up under the supervision of knowledgeable adults. Check out the video we made of the whole effort. 

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An immersive, hands-on learning experience at Dive World Austin!

Our students are currently reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea so we took them to Dive World Austin for an immersive experience! Students learned about the history of Scuba Diving, the basics of Scuba Diving and also got to experience what it is like to put on all the cool diving gear and breathe underwater! 

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