Explore how one all-girls school created and implemented a school-wide STREAM program. This session highlights our successes, failures, and outlines the program’s lasting positive impact.
In this session, we discuss our experiences in creating a transformative STREAM program designed to serve all students. This program assumes a mission centered approach to teaching Science, Math, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math. We facilitate as students make connections across each of these disciplines with an emphasis on scientific observation, technological exploration, artful engineering design with the goal of solving relevant problems rooted in social justice. This session walks participants through our rationale of the STREAM program as well as our process from inception to realization. We discuss how schools can start or strengthen their own STEM, STREAM, or STREAM programs by outlining our success and failures and the lessons we learned throughout our experiences. Student work and feedback will be highlighted in addition to our plans for expanding our program in the future. We detail how this experience has changed us as educators and administrators - in particular regarding our views of inspirational teaching and learning. We also offer suggestions on how to broaden our community of STEM educators in order to lend support and resources as we all engage in this innovative way to help our students ask and answer important questions in their lives.
Megan Leider (Resurrection College Prep High School: Chicago, IL)