STREAM empowers local diocesan schools to target an increase in 21st century education resources by creating partnerships with local businesses. Authentic educational opportunities and platforms for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning all STREAM disciplines will be sought within our community businesses, academic institutions, and cultural centers. These larger school-community relationships are integral to STREAM success and a measure of achieving a truly common goal: a bright future for the Catholic school student of Buffalo.

STREAM is the diocesan investment to support the future of Catholic education in WNY. The diocese has designed and will continue to help fund and implement the STREAM Education Initiative for these schools that apply and are accepted. Currently, 21 schools participate in the STREAM Education Initiative.

What does STREAM look like in the Classroom?

  • Lessons, units, and community education programs are based on the eight STREAM principles which promote a higher level of critical thinking and a deeper understanding of content materials

  • STREAM activities are hands-on: projects based, include engineering design, and have relevant application in the real world

  • It inspires teachers to include and develop 21st century instructional strategies at every level

  • STREAM takes learning outside the traditional classroom experience through customized field trips and dynamic, interactive outreach programming in collaboration with our professional community partners

Notre Dame Academy Provides Students with the following STREAM Academy Courses each Fall and Spring: Primary Engineering Adventure Program, LEGO U, Kitchen Chemistry, Arcade Academy

STREAM – The Diocese of Buffalo STREAM Academy courses provide creative, hands-on opportunities for students: Focus on inquiry, creativity, complex thinking and FUN! Emphasize STREAM education learning are and nurtures the innate curiosity of every child. Provides a runway for our next generation of believers, innovators, scientists and leaders.

The cost to register for a STREAM Academy is $25.00. The course runs for an 8 week period, after school on Wednesdays. Courses will begin on October 10th and run until December 5th. Please send in your payment in an envelope with the child’s name, and name of their STREAM Academy Course.

2018-2019 Course Options:

KITCHEN CHEM: 4th Grade (12 spots available) An introduction to food preparation is a way to reinforce and teach subjects like science, math, and reading, and provide a fun, hands-on way to introduce young students to other life skills such as budgeting, problem- solving, grocery shopping and more! In addition to food preparation, some of the things students will learn about are the origins of food, healthy food choices, and not only how to achieve accurate measurements, but why it is so essential to the final outcome of a recipe. Food tastings and identification, as well as safe kitchen practices will be emphasized.

LEGO-U: 1st – 3rd Grade (16 spots available) Bring abstract concepts to life with a fun, hands-on approach that really engages students. LEGO® bricks turn numbers, words, and ideas into real models that can be touched, described, and innovated across all subject areas! Each week, the students will undertake a design challenge connected to topics taught at the primary level in ELA, Science, S.S., Religion, or Math utilizing LEGO® bricks. They will also have opportunities to present and share, strengthening their presentation skills!

PEAP - 1st - 3rd Grade: (20 available spots) Assist Goldilocks as she improves the design on that broken chair and makes it “just right.” PEAP brings the engineering design process to our youngest learners. This Academy course adapts the engineering design process to meet the needs of our favorite fairy tale characters. These familiar and timeless stories encourage students to begin problem solving, generate design proposals, collaborate, and make connections to the enchantment of engineering!

LITTLE BITS! Bubbles K-2 (12 available slots) - This course is designed to let kids learn all about bubbles. Students get to learn about bubbles, play with bubbles, and conduct fun and hands on experiments using bubbles.

Okell St Location Academies

Thanks to a generous grant form the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and the University of Notre Dame we are able to offer 6 weeks of after school programming for students in grades 5-8 for $50 beginning on Tuesday, March 19th. Another 5 week session will follow beginning on May 14th.

Each afternoon will begin with 15 minutes to work on homework with teachers present. This will offer students an opportunity to have questions answered before they head home and get a good head start on completing their work.

All courses (sports included) have a focus on an element of STREAM. Due to the grant underwriting, students may participate in any or all days, but the cost remains the same.