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What is STREAM?

We want  WNY to know that programming in Catholic Schools is FORWARD THINKING. At Our Lady of Victory we are educating students for their future.  STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. It inspires teachers to include and develop 21st century instructional strategies at ALL levels so that students take with them the skills necessary to flourish in today's world! In many schools around the nation, you might see STREAM referred to as STEM or STEAM.  STREAM activities are hands-on, project-based and designed to help students gain real world experience. The STREAM Education Initiative encompasses students Pre-K to 8. 

 

For the past  4  years, OLV provided a series of extra-curricular courses, known as STREAM Academy to our students.  This is one phase of the STREAM Ed. Initiative. We've come a long way in making STREAM a way of life for our students. 

In May of 2016, OLV applied and received  the honor of becoming a STREAM School. With that declaration, OLV received an initial STREAM grant from the Diocese of Buffalo to kick start its efforts with the promise of mentoring, collaboration, community connections, field experiences, continuing STREAM Academy extra-curriculars and additional funding opportunities over a three year period. 

The STREAM Education Initiative is not a new curriculum, but a way to deliver curriculum with 21st century skills in mind and STREAM Education Principles as the foundation. Incremental and sustainable professional development for teachers and the STREAM Coordinator are provided along with programs at the school, throughout the year, to achieve the initiative goals. 

 

 

STREAM Education Principles

 

21st Century Learning
  • Exposure and Emphasis in STEM

 

  • Critical thinking
  • Relevant - Real Life Application and Hands-on Activities

 

  •  Creativity
  • Children Learn by doing

 

  •  Collaboration
  • Community Connections with mentors and field experiences

 

  •  Communication
  • Interdisciplinary - How does content in a subject area relate to another?  Deeper learning takes place.

 

 

  • Infusing the Engineering Design Process across all subjects

 

 

 

THERE'S NO PRACTICE LIKE BEST PRACTICE!

STREAM emphasizes Best Practices to provide a 21st century education. 
 

How we teach must reflect how students best learn.  It must reflect the world our students will move into.  These continuous improvements and updating of programs reflect excellence in education

STREAM ACADEMY

During the summer, teachers attended professional development classes and several received kits to use to provide extra-curricular "courses " aligned around the STREAM Principles. On Thursday's , the last part of the school day, the entire school participates in  a STREAM Academy of their choosing.  These courses are fun, engaging, challenging and ungraded. 

 They are built around engineering and other STREAM principles.  Courses currently are offered  Pre-k to 8 in the first trimester are CSI forensics, Robotics, Primary Engineering, LEGO University, Arcade Academy, Lights Camera Action, OLV Project Runway, Bubbles and others. In January, 2019 students will select new courses.

Students have already participated in many STREAM related Field Experiences and community classroom guests.  The 8th grade Social Studies (Ms. Abram)  and ELA (Mrs. Berowski) students examined the play, the Three Musketeers and in November went to Shea's 710 Theatre to watch and exciting live performance. The sixth grade (Mrs. Lucarelli/Mrs. Hennigan)  viewed POP Art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Primary grades have participated in Farm to Table field trips.

A guest engineer from VEX corporation taught Coding of Robots for the upcoming competition  X-STREAM Games, Dec. 2. They will compete with STREAM schools across the Diocese. 

This is the year of Exploring Space from Galileo to the Mars Rover and beyond. The STREAM Program was successful in receiving a grant. We have purchased a computerized telescope capable of "seeing" multiple galaxies, student telescopes, a STREAM Smartboard and other classroom materials. Additionally Middle School teachers will receive professional development to lead a "Mission to Haley's Comet" and middle school students will participate in a collaborative and STREAM based mission at the Challenger Center in Lockport.

There are many, many more events already planned for the rest of the school year, including a six week program with the Buffalo Zoo, a collaborative program with the Darwin Martin, trips to the Museum of Science, UNTYS visiting in health class, Junior Achievement teaching Finance and Trade  and a Planetarium on site. 

This is an exciting time but additional support is needed. Support is needed for:

  • Supplies for  the over-all  STREAM Ed. Initiative and STREAM Academy. 
  • An improved science lab for older students
  • The purchase of specialized science kits for all students
  • Funding for buses for Field Experiences
  • Other 

If you would like more information or you would like to make a donation to help Our Lady of Victory's  successful  STREAM program you can contact Ms. Marian Abram, STREAM Coordinator, at 828-9434 or via email at mabram@ourladyofvictory.org.

 

 

 

STREAM Executive Summary - June 2015

 

STREAM Summary

WHY Engineering - Introduction

 

GEAR UP - Frequently Asked Questions