STEAM Friday (Steam in the Blackbelt)
Selma City Schools
Principal, Mrs. Cicley Curtis
Superintendent, Dr. Avis Williams
The faculty and staff of R.B. Hudson STEAM Academy firmly believe the bridge between scholars’ circumstances and outcomes is opportunity. Because of this belief, and the confidence that the next generation of leaders, artists, directors, and designers walk the halls of the school, Hudson provided scholars with unique learning opportunities and tapped into their creativity. Scholars were surveyed to determine what courses they desired. This resulted in the creation of the following two-hour courses: Visual Arts, Broadcast, Choir, Dance Exploration, Band/Earsketch, Hudson Girls Rock, Graphic Design, Volleyball, Robotics/Coding, Computer Science, Career Exploration/Life Skills, Math Team, Football, The Art of Science, Sports Math, Bulldog Brotherhood, Culinary Arts/Food Science, Journalism, Gardening, Fashion Design, Keyboarding, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and Theatrical Arts. Scholars chose three of these courses to take each Friday. Notable achievements resulting from STEAM Friday were placing first, second, and third place in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District App Challenge, building and strengthening community partnerships, obtaining a Disney Broadway Jr. grant to perform The Lion King JR, and improved attendance and discipline data. In addition, R.B. Hudson hosted the STEAM in the Blackbelt Conference which allowed superintendents and educators from four school districts to see scholars demonstrate various STEAM activities, tour Hudson’s newly created STEAM Lab, and participate in STEAM activities themselves!