(Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)
STREAM education addresses the needs of the whole child through inquiry/project based learning. Project based learning challenges students to use critical thinking skills and problem-solving strategies through cross-curricular experiences (i.e. blended learning). The benefits of integrating subjects while teaching prepares students for the 21st century through:
- Team building, problem-solving, and critical thinking
- Enhances real world applications
- Reflects Diocesan, state and national standards
To enhance a hands on, problems and project based approach, SJA has launched a year-long ocean based STREAM initiative utilizing partnerships within our local community to include ODU as well as the Virginia Aquarium. Students are given the opportunity to choose an area/problem related to our ocean. They will be guided through inquiry as they research local problems while participating in various STREAM activities that relate to their particular interest. Students will share their research, activities, and potential solutions as part of the school’s “Ocean Day” in late April. The culminating event held at the school is for students to showcase their work to the community at large with experts from the field, thereby giving them an authentic audience as they would experience in the real world. Students will communicate their work through various facets; building their capacity to interact beyond their peers and teachers. Our intent is to make this a yearly endeavor so students can learn and grow in: knowledge of our local oceans, development of relationships, and community outreach.