Apparently, good things do come to those who work hard and are committed to providing quality innovative programming for learners.

Designed for elementary students, the S.T.R.E.A.M. program uses science, technology and math, interpreted through engineering, robotics and the arts, to deliver the B.C. curriculum.

S.T.R.E.A.M. is located at Arrowview Elementary School in Qualicum Beach. The program began in September 2015 and is open to all SD69 students in grades four through seven, regardless of educational background.

The S.T.R.E.A.M. program is a comprehensive academic program that engages students through STEM based activities, and encourages learning in a way that develops creative thought, collaboration, and critical thinking. Presently, we have twenty-seven students enrolled in the program and two-hundred sixty students who utilize the S.T.R.E.A.M. classroom Makerspace each week.

To meet the needs of our diverse learners, we have built a S.T.R.E.A.M. Makerspace classroom equipped with a 3D printer, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and an assortment of hand tools. Within this unique environment, we are able to empower our students to develop innovative ideas and solve problems in an environment where they can explore, plan, create, experiment, and improve.

While developing our S.T.R.E.A.M. Makerspace, we determined that VEX IQ Robotics would provide our students with the building blocks to generate new concepts and products. Applying the Engineering Design Process, students will use VEX IQ Robotics to explore real-world problems and develop solutions. Utilizing the latest technology and equipment, the S.T.R.E.A.M. program aspires to provide students with unique tools that create innovative solutions to real world problems. This will provide students with a well-rounded education that explores and provides the skills for a variety of STEM careers.

Last week we learned that Best Buy Canada had provided a grant to our S.T.R.E.A.M. program in the amount of  $2352.00 to purchase 5 Vex IQ Robotics Kits to enrich the learning of these students. We thank them for supporting this infusion of technology into this unique learning environment! Thanks to teacher Sarah Hung who wrote the grant application and works hard each day to provide a rich learning environment for her students.

Rollie Koop

Superintendent of Schools

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