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  • Welcome to the FMS STEAM Exploratory Department!

    STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!

    Our vision is to engage, inspire, empower a community of learners in thinking, collaborating, and innovating through a challenging learning environment and ensuring students are well-equipped to meet the challenges in the 21st century.

    All electives courses in the STEAM pathway will take the benefits of STEM and complete the package by integrating these principles in and through the arts.  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) education creates an integrated, innovative, learning environment in every classroom. The STEAM approach facilitates a learning experience driven by problem solving, discovery, and exploratory learning.

    STEAM takes STEM to the next level: it allows students to connect their learning in these critical areas together with arts practices, elements, design principles, and standards to provide the whole “pallete” of learning at their disposal through hands-on learning and the use of technology.

    Semester long classes:  Exploratory Spanish, Exploratory Art, Exploratory Music, Curriculum Support, Creative Writing, PLTW, Robotics and Coding.  

    Year long classes:  Advanced Choir, Intermediate & Advanced Orchestra, Intermediate & Advanced Band, Wind Ensemble, Advanced Art, Spanish 1A, 1B & 2, Yearbook, Student Leadership, and Media Production.

  • Zenaida Mendoza-López,

    Division Lead

    Spanish 1A, 1B and 2


    Amanda Spangler

    Exploratory and Advanced Art


    Demetrius Olsen

    PLTW, Robotics, Code and Media Production


    Robert Comarow

    Exploratory Music and Advanced Choir


    Meredith Sievers



    Emily Shepard

    Intermediate and Advanced Orchestra


    John Zimny

    Wind Ensemble, Intermediate and Advanced Band


    Yvette Loya

    Exploratory Spanish


    Tristine Lorains



    Stephanie Bell

    Student Leadership


    Ari Colondres

    Curriculum Support


    Melissa Lawson

    Creative Writing