STREAM Academy

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STREAM Academy - 2017-2018

The Diocese of Buffalo STREAM Academy courses provide creative, hands-on opportunities for students:

  • Focus on inquiry, creativity, complex thinking and FUN!
  • Emphasize STREAM education learning areas and nurtures the innate curiosity of every child!
  • Provides a runway for our next generation of believers, innovators, scientists and leaders!

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, STREAM Academy courses at St. Amelia School are being offered as part of the regular school day, allowing every student in Grades K-8 an opportunity to participate. The descriptions below provide a sampling of the courses being offered.

Building on Books 

(PreK – Kindergarten)

Everyone loves a good book! Using a variety of children’s literature as inspiration, students will work together as a team to design and build projects relating to the story.

STREAM Sprouts – A Dabble in Science

(PreK – Grade 1)

Our Youngest Learners are Natural Scientists.  Inquiry science gives children the building blocks to learn how to observe their world, ask questions, and solve problems.  The program combines STREAM concepts with games and activities for our youngest learners; such as Sink or Float, Engineering Design and Water Works.

STREAM Sprouts – Exploring Creation 

(PreK – Grade 1)

Build a foundation for the love of our natural world. Children benefit from exploring nature in and outside the classroom.  These dynamic hands-on activities synchronize with the creation story: Genesis Chapter One. Come share and explore the wonder of creation with these STREAM activities!

PEAP—Bible Heroes

(Grades 1 – 3)

(Primary Engineering Adventure Program) Did you know there are Super Heroes in the Bible? Join this academy and you will meet amazing individuals who solved real problems and helped others using their God given talents. You too will design, build and solve problems just as David slayed the giant Goliath!

PEAP—Fairy Tales

(Grades 1 – 3)

(Primary Engineering Adventure Program) BECOME ENCHANTED WITH ENGINEERING! “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!” Create a device for Jack to grab the golden egg and run for it! Assist Goldilocks as she improves the design on that broken chair and makes it “just right.” This Academy course adapts the engineering design process to meet the needs of our favorite fairy tale characters. These familiar and timeless stories encourage students to begin problem solving, generate design proposals, collaborate, and make connections to the enchantment of engineering!

PEAP—Favorite Storybook Characters 

(Grades 1 – 3)

(Primary Engineering Adventure Program) Students help Curious George catch and keep a new friend, as they discover the enchantment of engineering!  Young participants will generate ideas, build, and test solutions collaboratively to help their favorite characters solve a problem. Join in the fun and connect to books and your favorite characters like never before!

Kitchen Chemistry – Back At It!

(Grades 2 – 4)

Chemistry, biology, and simple life science exploration will be emphasized throughout this course. Join all the learning and fun of hands-on kitchen science, as students engage in mini “CHOPPED” competitions  and explore the creative aspect of food preparation!

Creative Coding – Game Design 

(Grades 4 – 5)

Do you want to learn more about programming, but don’t know where to start? This course is for you! Using the materials and resources from Google’s CS-First program, students will learn programming and computer science concepts in a fun, interactive and collaborative atmosphere. Coupling engaging videos with step by step tutorials and open ended challenges, students complete and share several projects related to Game Design.

STREAM in Style 

(Grades 4-6)

Explore the science, technology, engineering, and math of fashion design and construction. Based on Style Engineer activities developed by Cornell University and the University of Minnesota, this program will introduce pattern-making and clothing construction techniques through hands-on activities. Participants will learn basic hand and machine sewing skills, and will create several small projects to take home.

Arcade Academy 

(Grades 4-6)

Based on “Caine’s Arcade,” This course invites students to design and build fun and engaging arcade games made from cardboard,recycled materials and imagination. The games are then shared with the school community – to help raise awareness and funds for a charity of their choice.

You’re the Balm! Social Entrepreneurship 

(Grades 4-6)

The making of a company! Students experience entrepreneurship during this engaging academy where they learn about what it means to launch a business for a good cause. Through research and a study on advertising, students not only hit the science lab to create their own lip balm, but also generate a logo and advertisements to sell their product- all for a worthy cause of their choice. Within the given time frame, students will analyze costs, research history, develop effective advertising strategies, and put their hard work to the test with a lip balm sale. Students learn the value of innovation, hard work, and doing good in their community.


(Grades 6 – 8)

Our Robotics design course offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program encourages teamwork, leadership and problem-solving among student design teams. Previous academy participants are welcome to continue at the advanced level to learn how to program their robots, while first-time students will work together to design and build working robots.