e-STEM-a is a blend of entrepreneurship, STEM, and the arts, and presents students with multiple pathways to acquire the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that will enable them to become international leaders of tomorrow.
Students will engage in authentic projects with their peers, teachers, and outside experts.
The overarching concept of the Academy's academic program is e-STEM-a, supported by the three pillars of the Academy's vision and academic mission, which are as follows:
Because the economic environment of the 21st Century requires individuals to "become their own business," King Abdullah Academy will instill entrepreneur qualities in every student.
Infused with Islamic values, the entrepreneurial "way of thinking" will form the basis of an approach to learning from the earliest grades. Learning will emphasize the role of the student in the process of identifying problems, understanding the systems that produce the problems, and engaging in the scientific and creative process of innovation to solve problems. Students will engage in authentic projects with their peers, teachers, and outside experts in the pursuit of the knowledge, skills, and ideas that could change the world.
Entrepreneurship serves as an integrating force and catalyst for learning complex concepts in disciplines such as science, math, language, art, and humanities. Through this approach, students will learn how concepts, principles, events, patterns and facts fit into larger systems and thus will become "systems thinkers" themselves.
To succeed in the 21st Century, students need to acquire the ability to create, design, innovate, and think critically to solve complex challenges. They need deep knowledge and strong skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics ("STEM"). They need to be inspired in STEM learning and engaged to apply that knowledge in the real world. STEM learning not only provides students with the greatest number of options for life and career, but it also bolsters the economic strength of their communities, regions, and countries.
Studies have shown that Arts education improves student cognition, memory and attention skills in the classroom and a wide range of other academic and life skills. As such, arts is an integral part of the King Abdullah Academy curriculum and learning ecosystem, and will thereby foster creativity, innovation, and personal expression.