We were ahead with STEM and now we will lead with STEAM. The wave of future economic prosperity lies in a workforce that is well-versed in rising job markets such as science, technology, engineering, arts and math. STEAM removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation.
In 2012, Holy Comforter Episcopal School opened the Knight STEM Building, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) teaching, and is the only building and program of its kind for a PK – 8th grade independent school in the Florida panhandle.
The Commons: Performing Arts Center and Cafe, will offer greater hands-on opportunities in the “arts” elevating our STEM program to a STEAM program. With a full performing arts theatre and dedicated classroom space for the fine arts, brain-based learning opportunities will be available for students from PK3 – 8th grade. The latest research reinforces that when children receive sequential music instruction, it can impact their proficiency in language, reading, math and cognition.
The Commons state-of-the-art performing arts facilities will feature a full stage, acoustical paneling, theatrical lights and state of the art sound equipment, teaching students all components of a fine arts education. Two music classrooms will be located directly behind the stage where students will engage in the art of reading music, playing an instrument, musical theater, set design and choral instruction.
This new space will offer additional opportunities for our performing arts productions without the disruption to our physical education classes and athletic program, therefore, elevating both our fine arts programs and our championship athletic program.