Dow STREAM Labs at 3 Elementary Campuses

BISD to Pilot Career-Focused Dow STREAM Labs at Three Elementary Campuses
Posted on 06/05/2018
This is the image for the news article titled BISD to Pilot Career-Focused Dow STREAM Labs at Three Elementary CampusesThanks to a generous donation from Dow Texas Operations elementary students in Brazosport ISD will soon be gaining knowledge and skills for future careers through engaging programs in newly created STREAM labs offering leading hands-on curriculum from provider Pitsco Education.
Three schools –A.P. Beutel Elementary, Stephen F. Austin STEM Academy and Freeport Elementary – will be outfitted this summer with cross-curricular STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, math) programs for students in Grades K-6. Remaining district elementary schools will receive the programs over the next three years.
Brazosport ISD Superintendent Danny Massey said, “The STREAM labs will increase student engagement in important skill areas of collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. We are very grateful to Dow for their tremendous support for our local schools.” The district’s chief academic officer, Clara Sale-Davis added, “STREAM curriculum directly corresponds with career pathways at the high school including veterinary science, finance, and aerospace, among others.”
The innovative programs include STEM Units and STREAM Missions where students experience age-appropriate instruction in a social and collaborative learning context while building valuable and transferrable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
“Dow is proud to provide the financial support to make STREAM labs possible in BISD’s elementary schools,” said Dow Public Affairs Manager, Gabriella Cone. “We know that engaging students early-on with fun, innovative, hands-on classroom instruction is key to sparking their interest in problem solving and pursuing those fields of study as they progress through their education. Thank you BISD, for providing this opportunity for students and teachers to thrive with this new addition to their learning experience.”  
The STEM Units for students in Grades K-3 focus on the technology and engineering applications in science and math. STREAM Missions for students in Grades 4-6 are project-based units that inspire design thinking and enable students to articulate and try ideas iteratively, using failure as an inspiration. Students work collaboratively in crews of four and track their work in Mission Journals.
Teachers who will facilitate these programs beginning in Fall 2018 will participate in onsite professional development this summer to learn implementation strategies. Pitsco will support teachers and students with its industry-leading customer service and periodic visits from an educational service manager who will deliver tips and suggestions that ensure optimal program success.
Pitsco’s partnership with Brazosport ISD will ensure delivery of a cooperative, interactive learning experience that enables students to learn valuable communication and teamwork skills in the context of career exploration and discovery. Content is tied directly to national and Texas standards, ensuring rigor and relevance.
“The earlier students are exposed to collaborative problem solving and critical thinking, the better equipped they will be for later challenges in education and eventually their careers,” said Pitsco Education Vice President of Education Matt Frankenbery. “Brazosport ISD is giving students an advantage in the quest for transferable knowledge and experiences that will be the foundation for jobs they hold 10, 20, even 30 years from now.”

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