About 1001 STEAM

The National University Academy 1001 STEAM program is a tuition-free public charter school for grades 6-12. NUA 1001 STEAM’s mission is to create links to educational options for students in the community in order to nurture well-balanced, creative, and reflective leaders for the 21st century. With college prep as a focus, the NUA 1001 STEAM program provides students with an academically rigorous Common Core Standards-based curriculum that is integrated with science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

Students participate in direct instruction as well as project-based learning activities, such as Robotics, Science Fair, Math Counts, and Junior Model United Nations.

What’s in a Name?

NUA 1001 STEAM was inspired by “1001 Inventions,” the scientific exploration that started in the seventh century during the Golden Age of Muslim civilization and spread from Spain to China to help define modern civilization. Today, NUA 1001 STEAM students explore, invent, and create, and will continue to contribute to the development of society.

NUA 1001 STEAM is an affiliate of the National University System, dedicated to creating life-long learning opportunities.

How do Students Benefit from National University?

  • Students experience class on a university campus on a daily basis
  • Students have access to National University School of Engineering and Computing Robotics Labs
  • Students receive coaching and mentoring from National University School of Engineering and Computing professors
  • NU professors sit on the panel to review senior presentations and mentor students


The 1001 STEAM School-wide Learning Expectations

i – Innovation and creativity (The heart of 1001 STEAM)

P – Productive and Self-Directed Learners

R – Responsible and Ethical citizens

I – Independent Thinkers and Workers

D – Decision Makers and Problem Solvers

E – Effective Communicators


In keeping with the pursuit of 21st century Skills, NUA 1001 STEAM learning activities promote the four Cs, which include:

  • Collaboration—geography projects, robot building, and debates
  • Creativity—art projects, class presentations, essay contests, and robotics design
  • Communication—enriched in language practice in real-life settings as well as in production of the robotics website and flyers
  • Critical Thinking—developed via Science Fair, Junior Model United Nations, Robotics problem solving, and Youth Town Meeting work.