Fort Stanwix Supports STEAM Initiatives

A clay and wood model. Half of it is colorful cell structures, the other half is the fort.

Art, science, and history come together in this model comparing a fort defenses to that of a living cell.

National Park Service & Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Middle School

Quick Facts


A Call to Action
Action Item:
Arts Afire
Also Promotes:
A Class Act
Year Accomplished:

 Fort Stanwix National Monument has partnered with several local school districts in supporting student art and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) initiatives. 

Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (VVS) Middle School students built models comparing cell structures and military fortifications. The models were displayed in the park visitor center throughout February. These projects were created by Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (VVS) Middle School students to learn history, biology, technology, and language arts.  Teachers worked with park staff to create the initial lesson materials, which have since been adapted to Common Core Standards. As part of the learning unit, the park was invited to the school for an offsite education program. In addition to the models, the students also wrote fictional journal entries about Revolutionary War experiences.

During the month of March, the park will host the Rome City School District Fort Stanwix Art Show. Students from all district schools were invited to create art featuring Fort Stanwix in honor of its 40th anniversary of opening. The public show will also be hosted at several other locations throughout the spring, including the Rome, NY City Hall building.