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STEAM Institute

STEAM Institute students working on computers

Our STEAM Institute is a sophisticated, project-based learning program where students engage in design thinking and hands-on learning to encourage students to be innovative, collaborate with others, take risks, and solve problems.

Girls in STEAM Institute installing solar panels

Barrack’s Institute utilizes a STEAM curriculum platform to educate students. We incorporate art and design to further advance creativity and critical thinking skills. The program is available to upper school students.

Institute participants take a sequence of engineering courses including Introduction to Engineering and Advanced Engineering/Biomedical Engineering in grades 9 and 10, then have the option to engage in independent STEAM-based research in grades 11 and 12. The Institute teaches students to think outside the box, manage setbacks, take chances, and be part of a successful team. Students are taught to innovate and build, bringing their ideas from concept to prototype.

Institute participants often present their independent research at local science fairs and the Intel Science and Engineering Fair. 

Classes in our STEAM Institute include:

  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Control Systems
  • Electronics
  • Arduino Microcontrollers
  • CAD Design and 3D Printing
  • Coding, Data Processing, and Graph Analysis
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Forces and Motion
  • Biomechanics of the Human Body, the Circulatory System, the Nervous System
  • Artificial Neural Networks
  • Bioelectronics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Independent STEM Research


STEAM Department Chair