"STEAM/STREAM education is vital to our future—the future of our country, the future of our region and the future of our children." In a nutshell...Science is our natural world— sun, moon and stars…lands and oceans…weather, natural disasters, the diversity of nature, animals (large, small, microbial)…plants and food…the fuel that heats our homes and powers transportation. Technology means computers and smartphones, but it goes back to television, radio, microscopes, telegraph, telescopes, the compass, and even the first wheel. Engineering designs buildings, roads, and bridges, but it also tackles today's challenges of transportation, global warming and environment-friendly machines, appliances and systems. We only have to look around to see what improvements to our lives and our homes have been engineered in the last decade alone. We encounter mathematics at the grocery store, the bank, on tax forms, in dealing with investments and the family budget. Every other STEAM field depends on mathematics. STEAM is important because it pervades every aspect of our lives."
STEAM/STREAM education can be an interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world problem-based and performance-based lessons. At this level, STEAM/STREAM education exemplifies the axiom "the whole is more than the sum of the parts."
"It (STEAM)—develops, preserves, and disseminates knowledge and skills that convey personal, economic, and social benefits. Higher education provides the advanced work skills needed in an increasingly knowledge-intensive, innovation-focused economy and society." http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/digest12/stem.cfm#2
What do the acronyms "STEAM and STREAM mean?
The acronyms "STEAM" or "STREAM" are explained as follows:
SCIENCE is the study of the natural world, including the laws of nature associated with physics, chemistry, and biology and the treatment or application of facts, principles, concepts, or conventions associated with these disciplines.
TECHNOLOGY comprises the entire system of people and organizations, knowledge, processes, and devices that go into creating and operating technological artifacts, as well as the artifacts themselves.
"w(R)ITING" and (R)EADING (1)"Writing, like any other art, teaches the entire range of "tools for thinking" that are required to be creative in any discipline. To be a lucid writer, one must observe acutely; abstract out the key information; recognize and create patterns; use analogies and metaphors to model in words some reality that takes place in another dimension; translate sensations, feelings and hunches into clearly communicable forms; and combine all this sensual information into a words that create not only understanding but also delight, remorse, anger, desire or any other human emotion that will drive understanding into action. Think about it: what we've just described could be what a scientist or mathematician does, too!" (1) Root Bernstein, R. S. & Root Bernstein, M. M. 1999. Sparks of Genius. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
ENGINEERING According to the American Heritage Dictionary (2009), engineering is "the application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical structures, machines, processes, and systems."
ART allows for "visualizing, recognizing and forming patterns, modeling and getting a "feel" for systems, as well as the manipulative skills acquired in the use of tools, pens and brushes". Additionally, concrete and creative visual representations of science, technology, engineering and mathematics principles help students discover the infinite relationships between them.
MATHEMATICS is the study of patterns and relationships among quantities, numbers, and shapes including theoretical and applied mathematics.
STEAM/STREAM Classes at Village East Gifted
Village East Gifted® (VEG) STEAM curriculum is designed specifically for gifted and talented learners in grades 1-9. All topics and interactive workshops are presented at the "global" level rather than by grade or age of the participants. Accordingly, Village East Gifted® trademarked Phillips RBM (Reawakening Brilliant Minds) Approach® implements the same curriculum to all ages. The "highest level of comprehension" in each class determines the instructional level of every STEAM project. Additionally, the approach effectively introduces intricate concepts and engages the students in hands-on, self-directed explorations by simultaneously stimulating their multiple intelligences. The VEG STEAM/STREAM Classes encourage the students to draw on the "natural connections between scientific and engineering methods to engage them in a more technical exploration of traditional science lessons. Using the iterative process, "decisions or desired results are derived by repeating rounds of analysis or operations bring the result closer to the discovery with each repetition". http://www.businessdictionary.com
Saturday STEAM/STREAM Curriculum
The Saturday classes in Roslyn and Huntington are held from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM (grades 3-5) and 12:15 PM-4:15 PM (Grades 6-9).
Through the scientific method, hands-on workshops and experiments/fieldwork, the students learn skills in the following areas of study: electrical engineering, coding/Arduino boards, robotics, music, sound and light composition through digital programming and 3D design and printing,
Thursday STEAM/STREAM Curriculum
The Thursday classes in Huntington are held from 4:15 PM-5:45 PM (grades 1-2) and 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM (Grades 3-5).
Through the scientific method, hands-on workshops and experiments/fieldwork, the students learn about the following areas of study: earth science, microbiology, virology, anatomy/physiology and robotics.
How to Enroll Your Child
1. Send an email to info@villageeastgifted-Att: STEAM/STREAM Classes to check if there are still openings in the class of your choice.
Please include your name, phone number, your child's name and grade.
2. Go to: New Student Application and complete the online registration form.
3. Go to: http://www.villageeastgifted.com/class-payments/veg.html and select "STEAM Program" and make a class payment.
If your child is not currently a VEG student, an interview and curriculum assessment must be scheduled before participating in the VEG STEAM program.
For information about student qualifications, go to: http://www.villageeastgifted.com/student-qualifications/
To view the STEAM Class Schedule, go to: http://www.villageeastgifted.com/weekly-class-schedule-spring-2018/