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STEAM / Martha West Looney Learning Commons


STEAM Education is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to guide and encourage critical thinking and deepen engagement through research and hands-on learning.

The Atlanta Speech School Martha West Looney Learning Commons (MWLLC) is an extension of the classroom, guiding and celebrating STEAM learning as a natural extension of reading. With space for making and exploring, as well as rows upon rows of books, the Learning Commons aims to extend the curriculum, spark curiosity and ignite imagination. The construction of the Deep Reading Brain is accelerated as students innovate and explore the range of hands-on resources. Using literary, research and technological skills, students explore, tinker, problem-solve and create to learn ways of working in a global and digital society. Media specialists Whitney DeRosa and Peggy Helmly are available to assist students, teachers, parents and community members with research guidance and book selection.  Ms. Whitney and Ms. Peggy also lead interactive reading groups, STEAM lessons and media literacy to every student of the school in age-appropriate contexts.