STREAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts and Math.
As Catholic schools, our mission is to educate the whole child; therefore, STREAM education has taken the principles of STEM infused religion across all subjects and added the arts to provide students the creative thinking skills necessary to communicate and advance STEM in the real world.
STREAM is also a visual description of flowing water. In the classroom STREAM is the flow of ideas over and across several subject areas.
STREAM program requires a constant flow of communication, collaboration and planning among parish, school, administration, staff, parents and students.
STREAM is not a new curriculum, but a framework for creative instruction.
STREAM uses technology to advance the experience. Not only will students will use traditional text, but will also use white boards, iPads and laptops to access the internet to explore, process and learn.
Our children need to be able to inquire, think, investigate and innovate to succeed. STREAM will help prepare our students for successful careers in a 21st century workforce.
STREAM is not a new curriculum, nor is it a specific subject but a creative method of teaching a concept across a variety of subjects. For students this means the concepts are learned and reinforced across the curriculum rather than in just one subject.
The Iowa Core provides a set of benchmarks and skills that students need to attain at given grade level. How that is done is through curriculum – that is what really happens in the classroom.
In a Catholic school, our curriculum is of our making. It is rigorous, measurable and above all Catholic. STREAM is the process by which the information is taught in the classroom.
To incorporate Catholic identity into every aspect of the curriculum through student directed, project-based experiential instruction.
To be forward thinking, faith-based institutions that place high priority on faculty training, learning, leadership, and 21st century skill applications.
To provide a challenging learning environment that is focused on the integration of religion into science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.
To increase the content literacy of all students in every aspect of the curriculum, while maintaining a classical Catholic educational foundation.
To operate with the premise that math and science competencies can be developed, and that every student needs access to a STREAM curriculum to be fully engaged 21st century learners.
To promote a climate of innovation in all areas of instruction.
To inspire the participation of student populations who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences and the arts.
To foster a climate that encourages problem solving, group collaboration, student-directed learning, and independent research.
To understand that success is defined in multiple ways and can-and does-occurring many different types of schools and learning environments.
To utilize strategic planning as a blue print to guide the development and implementation of the STREAM curriculum.