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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 sucess and a measure of achieving a truly common goal:  a bright future for the Catholic school student of Buffalo.  

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 these schools that apply and are accepted.  Currently, 21 schools participate in the STREAM Education Initiative. 

What does STREAM look like in the Classroom?

  • Lessons, units, and community education programs are based on the eight STREAM principles which promote a higher level of critical thinking and a deeperunderstanding of content materials
  • STREAM activities are hands-on: projects based, include engineering design, and have relevant application in the real world
  • It inspires teachers to include and develop 21st century instructional strategies at every level
  • STREAM takes learning outside the traditional classroom experience through customized field trips and dynamic, interactive outreach programming in collaboration with our professional community partners

Notre Dame Academy Provides Students with the following STREAM Academy Courses each Fall and Spring:  Primary Engineering Adventure Program, LEGO U, Kitchen Chemistry, Arcade Academy

STREAM -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 are and nurtures the innate curiosity of every child.Provides a runway for our next generation of believers, innovators, scientists and leaders.

  • ARCADE ACADEMY: 5th - 8th grade (12 spots available)  A Home Run! Loads of Creative Fun! 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.
  • KITCHEN CHEM: 4th -6th grade (14 spots available)  An introduction to food preparation is a way to reinforce and teach subjects like science, math, and reading, and provide a fun, hands-on way to introduce young students to other life skills such as budgeting, problem- solving, grocery shopping and more! In addition to food preparation, some of the things students will learn about are the origins of food, healthy food choices, and not only how to achieve accurate measurements, but why it is so essential to the final outcome of a recipe. Food tastings and identification, as well as safe kitchen practices will be emphasized. 
  • KITCHEN CHEM: Baking 5th -8th grade (20 spots available)  An introduction to measurements, baking and decorating of baked goods.  Students will learn a variety of decorating techniques and how to use the “tools of the trade” to create delicious and beautiful desserts.
  • LEGO-U: 2nd – 3rd Grade (12 spots available)  Bring abstract concepts to life with a fun, hands-on approach that really engages students. LEGO® bricks turn numbers, words, and ideas into real models that can be touched, described, and innovated across all subject areas! Each week, the students will undertake a design challenge connected to topics taught at the primary level in ELA, Science, S.S., Religion, or Math utilizing LEGO® bricks. They will also have opportunities to present and share, strengthening their presentation skills! 
  • PEAP - 1st - 3rd Grade: (20 available spots)  Assist Goldilocks as she improves the design on that broken chair and makes it “just right.” PEAP brings the engineering design process to our youngest learners. 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!