S.T.E.A.M.S is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts , Mathematics and Social Studies as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.
Banneker prepares students with 21st Century Technology Skills
for Academic Success.
The mission of the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School’s Digital Learning Studio and its staff is to collaborate with classroom teachers in nurturing lifelong learners, as well as expanding our community's development using a wide range of technologies our school offers. The Digital Learning Center is one of the school's greatest assets. It exposes students and faculty to the latest technologies which enables them to develop skills necessary for the 21st century. In addition to integrating technology within all subject areas our technology facilitator focuses on Social studies education which helps explain the world in which we live. Much like science teaches children to observe the physical aspects of life, social studies encourage children to open their minds to the many places humans live on this planet. Not only does the social studies curriculum teach physical geography, but as students learn about different places, they also become aware of the many cultural differences of the world’s populations through the study of sociology and anthropology.
As they learn more about cultural differences, students begin to find that there are a large number of cultural similarities as well. Studying social studies while using technologies it helps students figure out their role in society as well as their place in history. By studying the past, students learn how technology, institutions, traditions and ideals change as society modernizes. They also learn how cause and effect influence relationships between individuals, groups and nations. As students mature, the study of history gives students the chance to develop their research skills and the ability to think critically. A sense of history gives students good background knowledge as they study other subjects, such as literature.