Gaby, our newest addition to the faculty, has brought depth and scope to a revamped Science curriculum for the Primary School. For example, the 3-4 class is currently unfolding a comprehensive unit on watersheds as a critical means of understanding our local ecosystems. The unit serves as a baseline for several similar topics over the length of the year, and Gaby is emphasizing how everything within a watershed is connected as she has the students explore various measurable features, such as water quality, availability, the relationship between water users and the larger ecosystem, and the ambitious goal of environmental stewardship. Naturally, the focus therefore allows myriad opportunities for students to take the classroom outside and directly study relevant content in the field. Likewise, she has paired the current study with available curriculum at Tread of Pioneers Museum, next door to EMS. Their staff has received training from Denver’s ‘History Colorado Center’ to implement new programs for elementary students, including ‘Ute Knowledge,’ which our Bristlecone class is using to investigate how the Ute Indians employ science, technology, engineering and math to survive and thrive in the Rocky Mountains. The resources that the museum is providing, such as large floor maps, artifacts, and historical photographs, supplement Gaby’s lesson plans and help to bring the subject alive across disciplines. Lately, the 3-4 students have consulted topographical maps to identify local watersheds and interpret the differences between point and non-point sources of pollution. Then, they’ve ventured into the field to test their hypotheses and gather results, finding macroinvertebrates as indicators of water quality and predicting what may happen with increased environmental changes to plants and animals in the area. As a tangible outcome, they’ll eventually devise a marketing campaign to explain actions we might take to reduce pollution and improve the health of watersheds in Steamboat, which they’ll share with The Yampa-White-Green Basin Roundtable in order to inform the local community. So, by the time it comes to fruition, the project will overlap STEAM studies with, history, writing, research, collaboration, presentation, and ethics.