Integrated Steam Program

From Inspiration To Imagination… Insight To Ingenious.

We are one of San Diego's most respected schools where critical thinking is used and taught through innovation and design. We approach STEAM much differently than most schools; we feel it is more effective to integrate science, technology, etc . into one class. We are proud to have some of the highest test scores for STEAM education in North County. A special emphasis is placed on STEAM learning and is integrated into a private Catholic education. STEAM learning begins early at NDA, starting with basic science, engineering, art and math, while technology is incorporated through a set of iPads provided for every class and are used daily. At the Middle School level, every student is provided with an iPad for in school and at home class work.

Daily Learning, Innovative Projects

Setting New Standards For An Exceptional Education.

STEAM education is done in a unique way at NDA. To show students the relation between all five subjects, we implement the curriculum by project. This allows them to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information by using their own logical discoveries.

Middle School Rollercoaster Project

The Middle School physics, science, technology, research/design, engineering, and mathematics behind America’s favorite ride: the Rollercoaster! All of the rollercoasters were designed and built by middle school students. There were many different themes and sizes but all used the same material–Paper!

1st Grade Bubble Project

Students were learning about the 3 states of matter- solids, liquids, and gas. Their bubbles were 2 of the states. Students used their discovery journals to hypothesize and document what factors might change the size and number of bubbles. They recorded their findings in the journals.

Middle School STEAM Projects

Mousetrap racers were a lesson in simple machines, acceleration, velocity, speed, force, momentum. They were to engineer a vehicle that relied on potential and kinetic energy of the mouse trap's spring.

Same physics properties were used in the making of the airplanes which were made from Bolsa wood, Styrofoam, rubber bands and paper clips.

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