Plaza Middle School
Building Urban Independence, Leadership, and Desire for (BUILD) Success
BUILD Success is a unique program that addresses the whole student. Students will grow academically, culturally, and emotionally by participating in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) and mentoring program. This program combines a two week camp session with additional activities throughout the year. Students will sharpen proportional reasoning skills while building cigar box guitars and developing their own music for the culminating activity-a Trojan Trash Band performance. Students will also learn how mathematics is embedded in many of the activities they participate in which often elude students in poverty (how batting averages are calculated when attending a baseball game, how to calculate tax and tip at a full service restaurant, and how calories are calculated during their visit with a nutritionist). Teachers will receive professional development aimed at increasing their knowledge of and effectiveness in implementing real like, hands-on STEAM activities.