Introducing Ross STEAM Innovation Lab Certificate Program
Ross School’s new program is a curricular pathway for students who wish to enhance their educational experience by incorporating coursework in the STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics—fields.
Since its founding in 1991, Ross School has focused on creating new models for teaching that better address the challenges of the new millennium. Over the years, Ross’s dynamic learning laboratory has been further enhanced by strategic partnerships with Intel, Yamaha, and R/GA Interactive as well as by the merging of innovative theory and practices with cutting-edge technology.
The Innovation Lab Certificate Program builds on principles of innovation and creativity to connect student learning in the critical areas of science, math, technology, and engineering with arts practices, elements, and design.
Students engage in authentic, problem-based learning and design thinking and take advantage of opportunities for personalized research to enhance readiness for college and careers in STEAM fields.
The Ross STEAM Innovation Lab Certificate can be earned over four years, although students may complete the program in less time. Students entering Ross School after grade 9 may provide official transcripts in order for coursework at previous schools to be evaluated for appropriateness in meeting the certificate requirements.
Ross STEAM Innovation Lab Certificate requirements:
Cumulative GPA above 80 for classes required for certificate
Four (4) years of Science plus one advanced level Science elective course
Three (3) years of Mathematics plus one advanced level Mathematics course
Two (2) STEAM-related Field Academy courses
Completion of STEAM-related Modernity Project (grade 11)
Completion of STEAM-related Senior Project (grade 12)
Portfolio of projects and experiences maintained by student
Three (3) required trimester-long elective courses:
Design Thinking and Materials
Principles of Social Entrepreneurship
Six (6) trimesters of specialized electives
Advanced Calculus AB
Advanced Calculus BC
Advanced Digital Arts
Advanced Environmental Science
Advanced Metal and Wood Fabrication
Advanced Studio Art
Advanced Topics in Media
Film Production I
Film Production II
Film Production III
Introduction to Arduino
Introduction to Marine Science
Robotics and Basic Coding
Social and Mobile: Web-Based Video
Studio Art: Mixed Media