STREAM Initiative

STREAM Education recognizes that not only are we are to prepare young people for their future, but for the strong economic future found in our own backyard.
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The equation for a superior education...

STREAM empowers local diocesan schools to target an increase in 21st century education resources by creating partnerships with local businesses.  Authentic educational opportunities and platforms for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning all STREAM disciplines will be sought within our community businesses, academic institutions, and cultural centers.  These larger school-community relationships are integral to STREAM success and a measure of achieving a truly common goal: a bright future for the Catholic school students of Buffalo.

What is the STREAM initiative?

STREAM is the diocesan investment to support the future of Catholic education in WNY. The diocese has designed and will continue to help fund and implement the STREAM Education Initiative for those schools that apply and are accepted. Currently, 21 schools participate in the STREAM Education Initiative.

  • STEM + Religion + the Arts = STREAM

Educates Students for the Future

It is important to note that STREAM Education is not a new curriculum, but a philosophical framework for delivering excellence in Catholic education.

  • It inspires teachers to include and develop 21st century instructional strategies at every grade level

Making Learning Relevant

Students become involved in hands-on projects where problem solving, collaboration, and the results of their efforts make lessons more relevant than a textbook alone.  Increased technology to enhance learning is emphasized, and career  connections as well as exposure to working professionals further relates students to their own learning and their futures!  It helps answer the “Why are we learning this?” question.

Emphasizes Interdisciplinary Connections

STREAM intentionally connects disciplines to drive instruction.  In the real world, content knowledge is interwoven, layered and sophisticated, not experienced in isolation.  STREAM Education promotes the coordination of topics around central themes, and encourages the exploration of concepts in relation to one another

  • activities are hands-on; projects based, include engineering design, and have relevant application in the real world

STREAM Academy

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!