STREAM 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.
Frassati Catholic Academy considers the “R” (religion) in STREAM the most important letter. Not only will students continue to learn and develop in the Catholic tradition by participating in religion class, attending Mass, and celebrating the sacraments, teachers will attend conferences and grow in their own faith. The STREAM program allows the Catholic identity to manifest in the curriculum in new ways.
STREAM and STEM
STREAM builds on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum by adding religion and the arts. Frassati will use St. Catherine University’s STEM training to integrate those areas into the curriculum and develop its own training to integrate religion and the arts. Frassati will partner with White Bear Center for the Arts to build its arts curriculum.
St. Catherine University is currently the only higher learning institution in the United States to offer a program that helps elementary schools implement STEM curriculum. To learn more about St. Catherine’s STEM program, click here.
S-T-R-E-A-M. This acronym describes an integrated learning model which includes Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Perhaps you’ve heard of STEM? STREAM is a model that emerged from STEM and added the elements of Religion and the Arts to foster a well rounded education. Principal Patrick Gallivan leads the school toward a model of learning that integrates these disciplines, along with social studies, language arts and physical education, as we aim to educate and form the minds and hearts of our students. The STREAM model of educating our students has the strong support and encouragement of the Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The implementation of STREAM will begin immediately and continue over the next three to six years. Our staff will be trained and supported by experts from the National Center for STEM Elementary Education located at St. Catherine University. As a result of this training and support, each teacher will receive STEM certification from St. Catherine University. This partnership will also include support in evaluating the success of the program during implementation and in monitoring student growth in targeted areas of integration.
While the staff of St. Catherine University is supporting our school with the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, we will integrate Religion and the Arts through other partnerships. Our diocese has a number of lay people and clergy with a background in both theology and STEM disciplines (including our own chaplain, Fr. Joe Bambenek, who has a degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a nuclear engineer). They will provide training to help our teachers grow in their understanding of the faith and learn new ways to bring faith and reason together in the classroom. This training will help us fulfill the Catholic Identity Standards established by the archdiocese.
The St. Pius X and St. Mary of the Lake communities have long standing reputations for excellence in music and theatre. Our STREAM model will continue this tradition while searching for new ways to strengthen other areas of our Arts programs. We have established a partnership with the White Bear Lake Center for the Arts. This relationship will bring professional artists from a variety of mediums into our school to work with our children in their area of expertise. This instruction will include connections to the design process which is a core element of the STREAM model.