S.T.R.E.A.M. programming has been integrated into all our programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8. A broadening of S.T.E.M. learning—which intentionally incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math across the curriculum—S.T.R.E.A.M. uniquely includes the Arts and Religion into its repertoire. As a Catholic school, our mission is to education the whole child—mind, body, and spirit. S.T.R.E.A.M. enables our faculty to continue to raise the bar, allowing our graduates to distinguish themselves and to outperform their peers!
The S.T.R.E.A.M. learning model was adopted in order for our school community to completely immerse itself across curriculum and departments into an innovative, instructional model. It uses an interdisciplinary approach—combining two or more subject areas—to create a bridge between them thereby deepening students’ learning. Moreover, S.T.R.E.A.M. education speaks to best practices for both educators and students. A greater emphasis is placed on teaching 21st century skills like creative and critical thinking. Students and parents may expect more project based learning occurring right in our dynamic classrooms. S.T.R.E.A.M. is not new curriculum, but rather a new mindset of teaching our students.
St. John’s has committed to this program as evidenced by the significant acquisition of equipment and technology, as well as extensive faculty training. Comprehensive science kits have been acquired at each grade level to promote hands-on, problem based learning, as well as a complement of Chrome-Books for student use in classrooms. Beyond learning from a textbook, our S.T.R.E.A.M. approach allows academic concepts to be explored with real life applications and experiences to develop a deeper understanding. In the real world, problems faced and the solutions to resolve them are rarely approached in isolation; rather, understanding the issue deeply and drawing upon many disciplines and experiences often make for the most effective solutions. The S.T.R.E.A.M. learning model promotes this collaborative method.
Furthermore, a S.T.R.E.A.M. approach to learning seeks opportunities for the purposeful integration of technology. The goal is not to just use technology for the sake of using it, but to integrate it as a tool to enhance learning. For example, when 6th graders study ancient Egypt, they may take a virtual tour within the Pyramids at Giza or view excavation projects in real-time.
Mrs. Mary Makar has been appointed as the school’s S.T.R.E.A.M. coordinator, acting as a liaison between St. John’s and the greater community, including the Education Department at the Diocese and other Catholic schools across WNY. To contact Mrs. Makar, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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