WHAT IS STEAM
STEAM is an integrated approach to learning which requires an intentional connection between standards, curriculum design, lesson implementation, and assessment from at least two or more areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. At St. Benedict's our STEAM Specialist and Academic Chair have worked diligently to align our new STEAM curriculum to current pacing guides for complete program cohesion.
Our goal at St. B's is to prepare our scholars for a growing STEAM job market and to increase diversity in STEAM by exposing minorities and girls to STEAM educational content.
St. B's STEAM activities focus on Design Thinking which is a methodological approach to learning that consists of overlapping or repeating processes to ensure a problem is solved. In addition, children will engage in the Engineering Design Process, the Scientific Method, and Creative Expression. These methods are research-supported and proven to increase student engagement, participation, and learning.
In 2020, St. Benedict's received a Goizueta Grant totaling $500,000 to fully fund an integrated STEAM program with state-of-the-art technologies and an interdisciplinary STEAM Specialist. STEAM integration is now fully incorporated in every classroom at St. Benedict's, beginning in preschool through eighth grade. The program also benefits the wider community, offering STEAM-focused summer camps that expose resources that may not otherwise be available to them.
OUR STEAM STORY
ENGAGE IN STEAM AT HOME
Make Invisible Ink
Lemon Juice, Cotton Swab, Piece of White Writing Paper, Clothes Iron
1. Dip the cotton swab into the lemon juice, and use this 'pen' to write an invisible message or picture on the paper.
2. Wait for your 'ink' to air-dry and completely disappear
3. Ask an adult to help iron over the dry paper. Watch your message reveal itself.
Did you know?
The heat changes the lemon juice into a new chemical. This chemical is brown and so your message can be seen on the white paper. Eventually, the paper would also turn brown and burn, but the lemon juice changes more quickly. Try using other acids such as vinegar as your ink.
HOW PARENTS CAN
Parents can recycle, clean, and donate the following items:
Paper Towel Rolls
Clean Cardboard Boxes
Sanitized Egg Cartons