STEAM, aka, science technology, engineering, art, and math is new to our curriculum. It incorporates collaboration, design, building, critical thinking, problem solving, and the important skill of learning how to fail and try again. It truly provides the skills needed for real-world experiences.  Though STEAM might seem like a relatively new program, it was actually first introduced by the National Science Foundation nearly 20 years ago.  At St. Patrick, STEAM adds rigor, energizes the classrooms and turns students into creative thinkers, communicators and collaborators. In this class, students identify real world problems (that are often engineering challenges) and intentionally integrate meaningful science, technology, visual design, and math content to solve the problem.  All of this, while allowing the students to work together as a team. The STEAM program is meant to foster student innovation, higher order thinking skills and technological literacy. It will also prepare, and encourage, more students to pursue STEAM related careers.  Students love working together on things like gardening, working toward environmental sustainability, scale models, robotics, computer programming, and coding to name a few.