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Nashoba Tech Turns STEM To STEAM

Despite the growing popularity of STEM programs in schools, Nashoba Tech no longer has one. But it believes it has something better.

With the addition of a new dance and arts studio, Nashoba Valley Technical High School believes its STEM, or “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math” is now more like “STEAM.”

Harrison Cook (junior, Westford), left, and Adam Rubinic (junior, Pepperell) take part in an Art class in Nashoba Tech’s new Dance and Arts Studio.

Harrison Cook (junior, Westford), left, and Adam Rubinic (junior,
Pepperell) take part in an Art class in Nashoba Tech’s new Dance and
Arts Studio.

The new focus on arts in addition to traditional vocational programs and newer programs such as biotechnology and veterinary assisting comes as the school begins to utilize what once was a barn for the first vocational school music program in Massachusetts.

Fine Arts, Programming and Web Development Teacher Robin Monaco says the students who have signed up for her class in the studio are having a blast.

“The kids are absolutely wonderful,” she said. “Obviously, they were
eager to have something like this available. They pay attention, and
they’re like sponges, so excited to learn. Every one of them loves to
be there and loves to draw.

Tours of the Dance and Arts Studio will be available at Nashoba
Tech’s Open House on Sunday, Nov. 1, from noon to 3 p.m.