Sunday, November 8th, was National STEM/STEAM Day - Happy (belated) National STEM/STEAM Day! November 8th is an unofficial holiday that celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics education throughout the United States. Here at St. Viator Elementary School, we celebrate the importance of STEAM topics, in our curriculum and in our larger society. According to the website National Today, “Studies in the early 2000s revealed that [United States] students were not achieving in the STEM disciplines at the same rate as students in other countries.” Reports written at that time stressed that the U.S. was not preparing its workforce for a successful future in the world economy. A bipartisan congressional STEM Education Caucus noted: “Our knowledge-based economy is driven by constant innovation. The foundation of innovation lies in a dynamic, motivated and well-educated workforce equipped with STEM skills.” Following these studies, educators prioritized the STEM disciplines, later adding Art (the "A") to recognized the importance of Fine Arts in a balanced educational experience and to increase students' access to STEM topics.
St. Viator Elementary School utilizes a variety of targeted solutions to address the STEAM deficit in the U.S. education system. We recently highlighted our dedicated STEM teacher, Mrs. Goslin, and her work with our 1st through 5th grade students.
Her weekly direction provides students with classroom discussion and hands-on experiments that bring STEM topics into their lives - often right to their desktops!
In 2015, the St. Viator Technology Committee committed to promoting STEAM disciplines through additions to the school curriculum and by creating a “STEAM Night” evening event. Working in cooperation with St. Patrick High School, a local Catholic High School, they offer students in grades Kindergarten through 8th an evening fi