What is iSTEAM3D?

The iSTEAM3D academies are the magnet programs of the DeSoto Independent School District that focus on creativity, innovation, and design. They capitalize on artistic learning in a unique instructional setting called, Project Based Learning. The iSTEAM3D academies prepare students for engaging programs of study, each of which provides a strong foundation in the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the 21st Century.

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Why are 21st Century Skills Important?

Employers are no longer looking at just the "content literacy" of their employees and perspective employees.  More and more employers are looking for more applied skills called "soft skills".  We are committed to ensuring that all of our students have the knowledge and applied skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century. It is for this reason, the "soft skills" are an integral part of learning and integrated into student projects and grades.

iSTEAM3D Campuses

 The Meadows  East Middle School  McCowan Middle School West Middle School Freshman Campus 

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Arts Integration connects the arts with 

Teachers use the arts to strengthen students’ thinking in all subjects. Research shows that teaching the content infused with the arts impacts student learning. In iSTEAM3D, the arts are woven into TEKS objectives creating rich connections between the arts and core subjects.

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Donna S. Blackburn 
Director of i3 Investing in Innovation
200 E. Belt Line Rd., DeSoto, Texas 75115 
Phone (972) 274-8212 x434