faculty taylor erik“I am Mr. Taylor, City Academy’s Upper Science Specialist and STEAM Program Administrator. I have worked at City Academy for eleven years and love teaching science and engineering. Not only am I a teacher, I am also a parent of two City Academy students and two alums. This is an amazing school where students learn and grow, and I am always excited to explore with them.” 

Erik Taylor
Science Teacher, 5th & 6th Grades
STEAM Program Administrator

SUMMER AT CITY –  STEAM for 5th and 6th Grade

During the summer session at City Academy, the 5th and 6th grade students will be taking part in the STEAM Design Process.  The materials used during the summer session can be found in the links below.  An explanation of the STEAM Design Process and videos on the engineering process can also be found at the bottom of this page.  Students that do not attend can also take part in some of the activities in the project packet.

STEAM Summer Science Projects

STEAM Design Summer Packet

STEAM Design Slides

STEAM Logo GearSTEAM Design Process

As a part of their experience in upper science, 3rd through 6th grade students will take part in various STEAM projects that integrate science, technology, engineering, art and math.  Throughout the year, the STEAM Design Process will be encouraged from start to finish during these projects.  Students will learn to OBSERVE the problem or situation, IMAGINE a solution or invention, develop an effective PLAN, CREATE  what they have imagined, EVALUATE the effectiveness of their creation through testing, and ENHANCE their creation if it requires a tweak or repair.


What is an Engineer?  Crash Course Kids  #12.1

The Engineering Process.  Crash Course Kids #12.2

Defining the Problem. Crash Course Kids #18.1

Defining Success.  Crash Course Kids #18.2

Got Some Solutions. Crash Course Kids #26.1

Let’s Fly. Crash Course Kids #26.2

A Case of What If’s. Crash Course Kids #29.1

Engineering Games. Crash Course Kids #29.2

Isolating Variables. Crash Course Kids #39.1

Try Trials. Crash Course Kids #39.2

Succeed by Failing. Crash Course Kids #42.1

Fixing Failure Points. Crash Course Kids #42.2

Designing a Trial. Crash Course Kids #44.1

Testing and Trials. Crash Course Kids #44.2


Nova Science Now

Constellation Mission – Earth, Moon, Mars

Manned Mission to Mars

Landing Spirit and Opportunity Rover on Mars

Landing Curiosity Rover on Mars

Ultimate Mars Challenge – Curiosity Rover

Living on the Moon – National Geographic

Have a question about the classroom? Ask Mr. Taylor!

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