STREAM Initiative

OLPH STREAM Initiative

STREAM comes to OLPH!

 

This year we are excited to announce the addition of a STREAM initiative to our school curriculum.  If you are unfamiliar with STREAM, it is an acronym for Science, Technology, Religion Engineering, Arts and Mathemathics.  

 

OLPH will pilot a STREAM program in the Middle School in 2016-17 with plans to expand to the lower grades in the future.  STREAM education programs engage students in activities, projects and problem-based learning which provides hands-on classroom experiences.  Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math, science and other core curriculum classes. 

 

As part of our STREAM Initiative, we look to have our parents offer a window into real-life application.  To that end, we welcome opportunities for our students to see how skills and themes they learn in school are applied in daily life.  We are so pleased that some of our parents have already answered the call!  Be sure to look at "A Look at OLPH" and our "Stream" pages for photos and information on some of those visits.  Our students love this and it enriches our program so much!

 

We can't wait to see they ways in which our students create solutions to their STREAM challenges.  Here are a few photos from our introductory STREAM Project.  Student were given a materials kit and asked to build the tallest structure they could using only the tools in their kits.  Our winning team created a tower measuring 18 3/4" tall!  Here are some photos of our students hard at work!

 

 

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Dear Mr. Henshaw STREAM Project

 

We are excited to begin our Spring STREAM project that correlates with the book, Dear Mr. Henshaw.

The students have been reading the book throughout the later part of the school year.  Along with other STREAM activities, the middle schoolers will be planning and designing their own box alarm system, like the character Leigh in the book.  They will also create a slideshow presentation that outlines how they created their alarm along with a demonstration of how the  alarm functions.  Finally, each group will vote on the best alarm design and a prize will be awarded to the winning STREAM group.  We are excited to see them collaborate, create and problem solve; and, can't wait to see what they come up with!  Here are a few photos of their progress.

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