S-T-R-E-AM stands for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The program was designed by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) based on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programs gaining ground in public and private school districts nationwide.
Click HERE for more information about Integrated STEM from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
Mary of Nazareth Catholic School is one of the few Catholic schools, in our area, that participate in the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Partner Program. Schools are evaluated on twenty (20) specific areas of STEM implemenation and education. We have joined this program to ensure that our STREAM/STEM curriculum stays at the forefront of STEM education. The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Partner Program enables schools to connect with Pathway Providers in the community to allow teachers to bring in real world experience to the STREAM classrooms.
Based on the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Partner Program evaluation, Mary of Nazareth Catholic school is proud to be classified as an EMERGING school in STEM education and will continue to evolve our program to become a leading school teaching STEM content and integration in the classroom.
Our STREAM program is designed to engage students in project-based learning activities that foster critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and presentation skills. STREAM projects are planned by the teacher, but excuted by the students. The teacher is a facilitator and mentor for the activities.
Students in grades preschool-5 participate in cross-curricular STREAM activities in their self contained classrooms, art, music, and technology classes. Students in grades 6-8 rotate every 12 weeks through middle school STREAM groups that meet weekly for 4 hours.
Middle School STREAM groups emphasize the following concepts:
Students at Mary of Nazareth Catholic School have access to a wide range of technology. Beginning in pre-school through eighth grade, students are scheduled for weekly computer classes. They learn age appropriate use of technology devices, as well as computer basics, internet safety, social media responsibility, keyboarding, Microsoft Office products, Google Drive products, media software, and computer programming. The curriculum is based on PA Department of Education, Diocese of Pittsburgh, and ISTE Standards and are constantly reviewed to include any new and innovate additions to technology education.
Students have access to:
2 up to date computer labs
Smartboards in the Classroom
iPads and iPad Minis
Secure Internet Access