Located in the historic Valparaiso Technical Institute building, The S.T.E.A.M. Shop Educational Center offers classes that foster a love for science, technology, engineering, art, and math for children and adults alike. From team-building activities for businesses, DIY classes for adults, to fun and interactive classes for kids and families, The S.T.E.A.M. Shop is sure to be your new neighborhood go-to!

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S.T.E.A.M. is an expansion of S.T.E.M., with a focus on the arts as an additional component in the curriculum making the acronym stand for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Around 2009 President Obama created the Educate to Innovate campaign in an effort to ensure that the United States educational system creates an environment for ingenuity that can continue to be a force in the world's technological advancements. This campaign caused a whole new curriculum development for the US that focused on integrating S.T.E.M. into the classroom.  What is unique about S.T.E.M. is that these fields are not taught separately, but are integrated into one so that students may understand that no component can be considered independently of the others.  We believe that when you incorporate art into S.T.E.M., and turn it into S.T.E.A.M., the perfect environment is made for cutting edge creative thinking and brain development.



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Here at The S.T.E.A.M. Shop, we love to fail! I have been an educator for 27 years, and one of the biggest hindrances to a student excelling is that they were too afraid to try in the first place. I know that accepting failure as a part of the learning process is incredibly important, so I created a class mascot, the Fail Whale, to encourage the students to share their failures, so that we all may learn what steps and processes didn’t work, and tear down that fear of failure. After all, there is no other way to learn but to try, and if you’re not failing, you’re not trying!
— Mrs. Madeka, NBCT
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