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Maker (STEAM) Studios

The arts can no longer be treated as frill. Arts education is essential to stimulating the creativity and innovation that will prove critical to young Americans competing in a global economy.
– Arne Duncan


The Maker Movement fits well with the Montessori Method. The teacher is a guide, observing children and the choices they make within the space. Those choices guide lessons and what new materials are introduced.

Wilmington Montessori School has three Maker (STEAM) Studios on its campus, one for each program level: Toddler, Primary and Elementary/Middle School. In these studios teachers and students ask questions, seek answers and investigate ideas. These studios encourage investigation, collaboration, problem-solving and skill-sharing. Our Maker Studios are designed to provide cohesive experiences with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics). They are places where children will participate in teacher-directed learning but also where self-directed learning occurs.


Maker (STEAM) Studios by Age Group


Paula Sharpe

Paula Sharpe
STEAM Education Coordinator, Director of Enrollment Management
B.S., Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Wilmington University
AMS Certification:, Elementary I


Favorite Montessori Moment: One of the most special moments for me in the Montessori classroom is during a child's "Birth & Life" (birthday) celebration. Each child gets so excited to "walk around the sun" with his or her parents watching and sharing moments of their lives with their school community. I always ask each child from the classroom to share one wish he or she has for the birthday child. As we go around the circle I am always so proud of what each child has to say about the birthday child. When I first became a parent, one of the milestones I most looked forward to sharing with my own children was "walking around the sun." While my own children no longer attend Montessori school, each year we take those steps around the sun.