STREAM is the intentional integration of the individual disciplines of Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics that is built on a foundation of our Catholic faith in order to develop communication skills, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration among our students. In an effort to prepare children for life in the 21st Century, all students at Mary of Nazareth receive STREAM instruction.
STREAM activities involve problem-based challenges that teach a concept across a variety of subjects. At the same time, students are exposed to the engineering design process and encouraged to adopt a growth mindset. The overall aim of Mary of Nazareth's STREAM initiative is to develop academic curiosity and a passion for life-long learning.
The mission of the Mary of Nazareth STREAM initiative is to prepare and inspire all of our students to become critical thinkers through the use of problem-solving and project-based learning in order to develop students with confidence and aspirations in the areas of Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
The Mission of the STREAM initiative allows our students the opportunity to…
ENGAGE by inviting them to wonder about the world around them
EXPLORE through hands-on activities
EXPLAIN through reflection, analysis, modification, and justification
EVALUATE through demonstrating evidence of knowledge in order to develop students with confidence and aspirations in STREAM careers
Mary of Nazareth has a dedicated STREAM Lab available to all students and teachers. This is an innovative space where students are encouraged to research, design, build, and invent. A variety of materials, tools, and technology are available to students, including:
- Promethean Interactive Whiteboard
- Acer Chromebook Tablets
- Dremel 3-D Printer
- Littlebits, Ozobots, and Arduino
- Video Production Equipment and Green Screen
- Consumable Materials and Hand Tools
It depends! As the year progresses, there will be a wide range of STREAM activities, both in the long and short term. Please see below for a quick take on the kinds of things we will be up to this year. And if you have a child who, when asked how their day was or what they did that day, responds with “good” or “nothing’”...instead ask them, “What did you do in STREAM today?” It’s almost a lock they come back with something specific and memorable.
The World Traveler’s challenge; Domino challenge, Mastermind, LEGO Builder Challenge. For the younger grades, STREAM often takes the form of games that challenge their problem-solving abilities, capitalize on their inherent adaptability, and foster cooperation with their fellow students. The medium of LEGO or Dominos might be basic, but the ways in which they are utilized and the goals they are working toward are most certainly not.
These students attend STREAM as part of their reading group and the activities are designed as a means to extend and enhance their understanding of the reading material. As a recent example, 5th grade just finished a story about space, and in STREAM we constructed a physical demonstration of the effect of mass on space-time, time dilation, and relativity. The students were enthralled, asked excellent, pointed questions, and it further solidified their understanding of and relatability toward the original material.
Designing and fabricating electric guitars. Understanding the many systems contained within a home, how that home is part of a larger, interconnected system of utilities, and comparing and contrasting systems internationally. The middle school will also be providing production design support for the school’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast.
Support from the community is a real strength at Mary of Nazareth, and the STREAM Lab is always willing to receive offers of materials, time, or expertise. If you have even the slightest sense that some material at home might be useful, or a thing you do at work might be of interest, or if you want to come by and take part in your child’s STREAM class, please email our STREAM coordinator, Nicholas Humphries, at firstname.lastname@example.org.