BOSSIER CITY, La. – Bossier Parish Schools received a grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity fund for S.T.E.A.M. education demonstrations.
The grant aids in the development of elementary STEAM modules and curriculum. Christy Buckner, Bossier Parish STEAM Facilitator, will educate teachers on how to replicate STEAM Day demonstrations in the classroom.
Buckner said, “STEAM is problem based learning where students think outside the box. In today’s world students should learn how to solve problems in different ways.”
STEAM curriculam, rather than STEM, engages students with simple hands on projects that bring concepts to life and encourage creativity. Children follow the scientific method as they investigate questions and ideas based on real world scenarios. They then explain what they have learned through writing, art, or other media.
Kevin Nolton, Cyber Innovation Center’s Director of Academic Outreach, said “We believe creativity and artistic expression through writing, drawing, digital media, or otherwise is vital to the learning process.”
The grant of $1.5 million is awarded over a five year span.