Palm Beach Day Academy STEAM program gets boost by couples $150K donation

PALM BEACH, Fl. (CBS12)-- As part of Palm Beach Day Academy’s visionary focus toward elevating its Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (STEAM) curriculum, new Head of School Dr. Edwin Gordon announced a new initiative and first funding gift for the school’s planned STEAM scholar-in-residence programming.

According to Dr. Gordon, the school hopes to add a scholar-in-residence on each PBDA campus starting with the 2017-18 school year. The faculty initiative will recruit renowned scholars whose teaching and practice fuse science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

“These upper and lower campus scholars will teach core and co-curricular classes on both campuses, team teach with core faculty members, and advise on curricular matters related to STEAM programming,” said Dr. Gordon. “A scholar will also design and teach classes, collaborate on project-based learning activities, and have the expertise to engage PBDA into a larger conversation and with community partners about what it means for our students to be scientifically literate citizens.”

Beyer family makes lead gift to launch new programming next fall

The first gift has been received in making this program a reality. Palm Beach residents and PBDA parents, Tony and Vanessa Beyer have given the lead gift for the STEAM scholar-in-residence for the lower campus. Their $150,000 donation will be allocated to programming for the first three years of the initiative.

“Vanessa and I have had a vision for a premier STEAM program at Palm Beach Day Academy to give our boys and all the children an even greater advantage in the future,” said Tony Beyer. “Edwin immediately shared the same vision, quickly creating a sound, strong program on par with the best of the best. It will only continue to grow with Edwin’s tremendous insight into creating the highest caliber program; he knows what we need to take our fantastic school to even higher levels. Our hope is that other like-minded parents will join with us to help realize this program to its great potential and ultimately prepare our children for the greatest academic, personal and professional success.”

The school is encouraging further donations from parents and community partners to launch the programming in 2017.

“We are thrilled about the reality of this gift and we believe that a STEAM scholar-in-residence will enable us to further add exciting new programs to our school and allow us to immerse students in such activities in an integrated way,” said Dr. Gordon. “With an already strong curriculum as a base, the upper and lower campus scholars will support innovative instruction and encourage more faculty professional development in STEAM curriculum.”

Celebrating 95 years as Florida’s first independent school, Palm Beach Day Academy has grown from a cottage colony school started in 1921 into an innovative, top-ranked day school serving approximately 450 students from the greater Palm Beach area. The educational program, for age two through ninth grade, is dedicated to providing students with a learning experience that challenges to excel, empowers to act and prepares to lead. Palm Beach Day Academy is located on two campuses 1.3 miles apart in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. For more information, visit or call 561.655.1188.

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