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Museum's Gateway Project Builds Up STEAM . . . Literally

April 15, 2016

Two Massachusetts school districts are making news: Bourne and Roslindale, Gateway Project participants in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

Endorsed by the Mass. STEM Advisory Council, the Gateway Project assists districts in developing strategic plans of action to implement K-12 technology and engineering via the Museum of Science, Boston's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®)

Bourne High School recently unveiled a 4,000-square-foot STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Innovation Studio where students from kindergarten through high school create projects in every discipline.

"STEAM implies integrated, hands-on, authentic, engaging learning that exposes students to all subjects in a real-world way," STEAM director Christine Borning told Gatehouse Media. "Students from all schools and disciplines are able to come to a space that truly facilitates creativity and exploration in a cross-disciplinary setting."

Bourne schools superintendent Steve Lamarche said the Innovation Studio's goal is to provide "think spaces" for students that spark inventiveness. Innovation Studio facilitator Amy Fish said, "Kids are 100 percent engaged. They are designing solutions, brainstorming, and doing the research." Senior James Carelli said, "Working in the lab was a great experience, and I had a great time."

As part of the Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STREAM) curriculum at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Roslindale, 8th grade students are building medicinal carriers. Math and science teacher Patricia Girvan said students use hypothetical real-life scenarios to explore science, research methods, and engineering. "We try to bring to life these subjects," Girvan explained to The Boston Pilot. Two years ago, the school implemented a new science curriculum with help from the Gateway Project which represents 100 Mass. school districts serving over 640,000 students and 600 educational leaders.

"There's nothing as rewarding as seeing our Gateway districts make their goals real," says Museum vice president and Gateway Project director Yvonne Spicer, EdD, DTE. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in May. For more info: gateway@mos.org.

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