The Y is working to infuse STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) into all Y early learning and afterschool programs by 2020. With the support of partners like STE(A)M Truck, children in Y programs have access to hands-on experiences that inspire a life-long love of learning.
With funding from the Goizueta Foundation, the Y is in year two of a pilot program focused on infusing STEAM in all Y early learning classrooms. As the subject-matter expert in STEAM education, STE(A)M Truck works with the Y to align STEAM with Head Start Early Learning Standards, Creative Curriculum, Read Right From the Start, and Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS)—ensuring we are leveraging all available resources to create a robust and sustainable STEAM program—and provides ongoing professional development for Y early learning staff. Through Spark Days and Capacity Building Days they are increasing opportunities for kids to engage with STEAM and are helping teachers become more comfortable delivering STEAM curriculum.
On Spark Days, STE(A)M Truck brings their mobile makerspace vehicles to Y early learning sites to provide interactive STEAM activity stations to help kids understand a vast range of concepts – like solar power, recycling and color mixing – all designed with an age-appropriate approach. Capacity Building Days are multi-day projects that provide students and teachers with a more in-depth understanding of STEAM tools and topics within their classrooms. Together we are ensuring that STEAM concepts are incorporated into everything we are doing in the classroom.
Our partnership with STE(A)M Truck also includes creating STEAM labs in Y branches and aligning Y afterschool curriculum with STEAM education concepts for older students by 2020. The Y is excited to partner with an innovative, out-of-the-box organization like STE(A)M Truck!