Magnet School Program
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 part of the Magnet Grant, 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.
As a STEAM school, we have integrated the use of many technological services for our students. Each of our modernized classrooms are equipped with a Promethean board for whole group instruction computer access. Using this piece of equipment, 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 to promote self-directed instruction.
Music and the Arts
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.
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. There is also a hydroponic tower in the entryway of our school. Hydroponics as been proved to have several advantages over soil gardening. The growth rate on a hydroponic plant is 30-50% faster than a soil plant, grown under the same conditions. Hydroponic gardening offers several benefits to our environment. Hydroponic gardening uses considerably less water than soil gardening because of the constant reuse of nutrient solutions. Due to lack of necessity, fewer pesticides are used on hydroponic crops.
Marquis Studios - The Arts for Kids 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.
NY Hall of Science Residencies
The New York Hall of Science has brought hands-on science programs to PS 349 students. To date, students have participated in the following workshops: Bubble Brainstorm, Float, Sink, Design a Flink!, Mixing Color, Classy Classification, Five Senses, Lights and Shadows, Rockets, and Stuck on Magnets.
Music Partnership with Harmony Program
At the Harmony Program, music changes lives every day. Through collective music making, children explore new avenues and realize their full potential. Our specially trained teachers guide students from beginner group instruction to orchestral performance, building life skills and community from a shared love of music.
Every class at PS 349 has the opportunity to work with our specialized coding teacher. In this class, students learn the beginning stages of creating computer programs though games and interactive activities. Students then apply their coding knowledge to miniature Dash and Dot robots, where they control the movements, lighting, and sound of the device.
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.