STEAM Youth Education Program

 
Our youth education program, Summer STEAM, adds an “A” for the Arts into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concept. Studies have shown that integrating the arts into STEM encourages important skills like creativity, composition, and collaboration, helping our children expand their minds.

Gathering on the Green’s Summer STEAM Youth Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) brings urban and suburban youth together for an arts-focused science education program. It’s a unique one-week STEM-based program.

The 2016 curriculum, Boston Museum of Science’s “Engineering is Elementary” was taught by state licensed teachers with a Project Lead the Way Coordinator, targeted to children in grades 3-5, introducing them to STEAM before they go into Project Lead the Way in middle school. Engineers from Milwaukee companies come into each session.

Simultaneous workshops were held at the Boys & Girls’ Club Davis Center, the COA Goldin Center in Milwaukee, and at MATC in Mequon. We provide lunches for the children each day, all educational materials, and buses to transport the children to Gathering on the Green for a combined session at the end of the week. The children share what they have learned & work together on combined teams.

With Milwaukee’s geographically segregated communities, this program brings together children from diverse areas and backgrounds. The process teaches cultural sensitivity and acceptance between different groups as the children are brought together at the culminating session to work together on teams meeting engineering challenges.

This summer children between ages 8-10 from the Boys & Girls’ Club Davis Center, COA Goldin Center and the suburbs will come together to learn new skills through a STEM education program that includes an “A” for the arts.

Presented by Gathering on the Green, Summer STEAM is a unique one-week STEM-based program. It’s unique because it has both educational and cultural integration.

  • Summer STEAM integrates the “arts” into STEM. Studies from around the country, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins have shown that many professionals in science and technology careers have a background in the arts. They found that integrating the “arts” into STEM encourages important skills like creativity, composition and collaboration.
  • Summer STEAM also helps integrate different geographic and cultural areas of the community. With Milwaukee’s geographically segregated communities, this program brings together children from diverse areas and backgrounds. This process teaches cultural sensitivity and acceptance between different groups as the children are brought together at the culminating session to work together on teams meeting engineering challenges.
The program is taught by actual teachers and a Project Lead the Way Coordinator. Engineers from Milwaukee companies come into each session to address the groups as well. The children are able to ask the engineers questions about their jobs, why they went into engineering, etc. Then all the children will build their own instruments which they can take home after the groups come together at Gathering on the Green for the culminating session. They will have the unique opportunity to meet and hear professional performers from Gathering on the Green with their own instruments in Mequon Rotary Park.

The program is targeted for children in grades 3-5, to introduce them to STEM before they go into Project Lead the Way in middle school. The goal is two-fold: 1) spur children’s interest in technology so they will choose Project Lead the Way when they reach 6th grade and 2) help break down cultural stigmas by working with children from different backgrounds as a team at a young age.

Program Overview

  1. Four, 3-hour workshops will be held simultaneously at the Boys & Girls’ Club Davis Center and the COA Goldin Center in Milwaukee and at the Rangeline Rec Department in Mequon from July 11 - 15.
  2. Each class will have no more than 30 children and will be taught by trained teachers or a Project Lead the Way coordinator.
  3. On Friday, July 15, children from all locations will come together at Gathering on the Green in Mequon Rotary Park for a four-hour combined session to share what they have learned and work together on combined teams.
  4. The program uses the Boston Museum of Science Curriculum – “Engineering is Elementary” as a basis for its program.
  5. The program also uses a Career Cruising Curriculum

Program Needs

 

 

S.T.E.A.M. Youth Education Scholarship

Gathering on the Green is proud to announce the establishment of the Gathering on the Green Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund will benefit students at Homestead High School, Mequon, MATC and Concordia University pursuing post-high school training in careers pertaining to the S.T.E.A.M. fundamentals.

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