Established in 2015, PS 349 - The Magnet School of Leadership and Innovation through STEAM is designed to meet the needs of all children. The rigorous curriculum and instruction engages students’ imagination through engineering and design, spark their innate curiosity in science, and engage students via exploration of the natural world. Our students have many opportunities to work together on hands-on STEAM projects that allow them to collaborate with their peers and lead through self – management, self–awareness and responsible decision-making. Students learn to be college and career ready and develop their leadership skills through the infusion of The Leader in Me and 7 Habits of Happy Kids within all curricula.
STEAM learning is infused into daily instruction, project-based learning, electives, and after-school programs. The principles of STEAM— critical thinking, inquiry, observation, exploration, and creation—at the heart of every content area discipline which allow students to think critically, communicate effectively, and innovate to solve real-world problems by engaging in authentic tasks.
PS 349 is a 1 to 1 technology environment where each student has access to their own iPad, MacBook or desktop computer to work on projects. In addition, the school uses Promethean boards in each classroom and technology supported programs such as robotics, coding and video conferencing with professionals in STEAM career fields.
As a Magnet School, PS 349 students have opportunities to participate in enrichment programs in conjunction with traditional curricula. We have partnered with community organizations to bring these special programs into our school community.
Our in-house library is a place where our students visit to gain a deeper love for books and reading. The library is designed to have different areas of exploration for the students. It is equipped with a multitude of books and technology to meet the needs of all learners. This is a place where students are able to relax and dive deep into a book of their choice. The library and our classroom libraries are filled with culturally expansive collections of books which represent the whole world view.
Students at PS 349 also take walking trips to our local Queens Library branch, where students learn new skills from the librarians and use their library cards to check out books to read at school and at home.
PS 349 houses a hydroponic garden in the science lab where students have first-hand experiences with growing vegetables and herbs in a non-traditional way. Plants are grown soilless environment where crops can grow 30-50% faster, require less water and have fewer pests. Student learn science through the hands on experiences of planting seeds, observing growth, harvesting food. They study food and culture from around the world. Students learn economics, healthy nutrition and cooking skills by working with the harvested hydroponic food. The school has a hydroponic tower in the entryway for families to harvest and use at home. Surplus fresh produce is distributed to families, staff and local food pantries.
As a STEAM school, we have integrated technology into all aspects of learning. Each of our modernized classrooms are equipped with an interactive SMART Boards for whole group instruction computer access. Using SMART Boards, students are able to watch videos, participate in interactive learning activities, and conduct whole class research. In addition, each classroom houses Apple desktop computers, MacBooks, and iPads for students to use. Students have accounts with research-based literacy and math programs such as iReady and RAZ Kids to promote self-directed instruction. Students in all grades learn coding and technology literacy skills they can apply to their everyday learning.
PROJECT-BASED LEARNING (PBL)
Students work on a project over an extended period of time that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience. As a result, students develop a deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of creating an authentic, meaningful project. PBL unleashes a contagious, creative energy among both students and teachers.
PS 349 was awarded a grant for the Music and the Brain program. This program includes a comprehensive and engaging music literacy curriculum, teaching materials, ongoing teacher training, and a classroom keyboard lab to be used as part of the school's core curriculum.
MARQUIS STUDIOS RESIDENCIES
Marquis Studios has brought engaging learning opportunities to PS 349 students. To date, students have participated in the following residencies: African Dance, Architecture as a Study of Cultures, Bhangra Folk Dance, Collage, Creative Movement, Islamic Visual Arts and Culture, Mime, and Puppetry.
STUDIO IN A SCHOOL RESIDENCY
Studio in a School fosters the creative and intellectual development of New York City youth through quality visual arts programs, directed by arts professionals. This residency helps students build foundational art skills and develop 21st century skills of communication and problem solving. Students gain experiences in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, media-tech, sculpture and 2-D applied design.
S'COOL SOUNDS RESIDENCY
S'Cool Sounds' mission is to use the power of music to inspire, educate, and connect children and communities. They envision a world in which all people have access to the transformative experience of making music together. Through their residency program, S'Cool Sounds provides hands-on musical education to our students with a focus on musical traditions from around the world. Students also use recorders and percussion as introductory instruments, which are learned easily and complement many different classroom curricula.