Johnson STEAM Center
On September 12, 2016, local Rancho Santa Margarita and state government officials and the school community joined together for an official ribbon cutting ceremony for St. John’s Episcopal School’s new Johnson STEAM Center—an innovative, state-of-the-art building that will provide opportunities for more cutting-edge, authentic learning experiences using science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
“The Johnson STEAM Center will provide our students and teachers the space and tools required for innovative, project-based learning, and ensure that St. John's will continue to be a leader in STEAM education.” - Dr. Michael Pratt, Former Head of School and key member in implementing STEAM practices at St. John's.
St. John’s adopted a STEAM approach to teaching and learning more than three years ago to enhance academic programs and encourage students to be 21st Century learners and leaders. Already one of the largest and most innovative Episcopal day schools in the country, St. John’s students are experiencing the benefits of a STEAM education through high-tech and specialized activities using Vex Robotics kits, 3D printers, green screens, and laser cutters, to name a few. Curricular enhancements such as robotics, instrumental music, Music Together, Project Lead the Way, and Mandarin Chinese complement a robust St. John’s education.
This new facility will house a robotics lab, science classroom, and a fabrication space for a Makers Lab. The technology that students and faculty already enjoy, such as Vex Robotics kits, 3D printers, green screens, laser cutters, and more, will be moved to a larger and more visible place on campus so that all students can benefit.