S-T-R-E-A-M describes an integrated learning model that includes Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The STREAM model emerged from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and added the elements of Religion and the Arts to create a well-rounded education.
Principal Patrick Gallivan leads the new school in the STREAM model of learning, along with social studies, language arts, and physical education, to educate and form the minds and hearts of our students. Our STREAM model has the strong support and encouragement of the Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The implementation of STREAM at Frassati began in 2014 and will continue over the next three to six years. Our staff receives training and support from experts at the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University. As a result, each teacher will receive STEM certification from St. Catherine University. St. Catherine University will also evaluate the success of Frassati’s STREAM program during implementation and monitor student growth in targeted areas of integration.
While the staff of St. Catherine University supports our school with the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Frassati integrates 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 chaplain, Fr. Joe Bambenek, who has a degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a nuclear engineer. They 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 helps 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 continues this tradition while searching for ways to strengthen our other Arts programs. We have an established partnership with the White Bear Lake Center for the Arts. This relationship brings professional artists from a variety of mediums into our school to work with our students. This instruction includes connections to the design process, a core element of the STREAM model.