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Full STEAM Ahead: Early Age Learning in the Sacramento Region

We normally write about technology for adults who are in business in the Sacramento region.

However, this post’s focus is the children of our region’s community. It’s also about one of our customer’s efforts to create an early academic foundation that will benefit both the children and the local community.

With global competition for California’s science and technology jobs, how can children who are born and raised in California be more likely participate in the state’s thriving science and technology environment as adults?

One way is by building an early age foundation for long term learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In order for Northern California and the United States as a whole to remain competitive in an increasingly competitive world, it’s important to foster a strong foundational learning experience at an early age.

What is STEAM?

STEAM is an extension of STEM. The most commonly followed guidelines for STEM education are provided by the National Science Foundation.

STEAM programs add art to the STEM curriculum by drawing on design principles and encouraging creative solutions.

STEAM has been championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). STEAM has been adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals.

One of the objectives of the STEAM movement is to encourage integration of art and design in K–20 education. However, STEAM, as an intentional learning experience, can begin pre-kindergarten.

What is Full STEAM Academy?

Full STEAM Academy (FSA) is a next level child care and early educational experience specifically designed for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

FSA was founded by Fortis customer Doug Quiroz, who is also the president of CEMO Commercial. The following is a Good Day Sacramento segment that includes an interview with Doug:

As a commercial real estate company, CEMO had developed 25 schools in the Greater Sacramento area. Through that process, the team developed a thorough understanding about how schools operate as a business. FSA was a product of melding business knowledge with a desire to add value to the local community.

The first preschool was opened in Folsom, California. A new preschool and childcare center will soon be opening in Oakley, California.

The art and design component of STEAM is experienced in the Folsom school’s aptly named Picasso Creative Arts Studio. The science, technology, engineering and mathematics components are taught in the school’s DaVinci STEM Lab.

STEAM increases engagement for preschool learners and it begins the process of unlocking creative thinking and innovation.

Doug is a great example of a Sacramento area business leader who has translated his real world experience plus a vision into what will be long term advances for the local community.

For more information, go to Full STEAM Academy’s website.

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