STEM at the Elementary Level

Rebecca Baibak, Principal

Kyle McLeod, Project Manager 

Integrus Architecture, Bellevue SD

Domains: Learning, Parameters 

Course Level: Intermediate

Learning Units: 1 LU

Room: A601

Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 3:15 pm


Many school districts are exploring ways to incorporate STEM at the elementary school level, re-imagining design solutions typically employed at the middle and high school level. The Bellevue School District in Washington State is integrating STEM at the elementary level and has developed several distinct approaches to responding to the curriculum within their facilities. Enatai Elementary School is the first modernized facility to reflect these curriculum goals in the design. This session explores the inspiration for this shift in curriculum and approaches that can be considered in supporting hands on learning at the elementary level.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the basis of STEAM curricula and how it varies between elementary, middle and high school levels.
  2. Review ways in which the learning is enhanced through carefully planned facilities, that leverage existing and new elements on a site and in a building to best support learning.
  3. Discuss how it was applied in the Belleuve School District and what opportunities may be applied at other sites.
  4. Explore relevant concepts as a group that can inspire the attendees.