The goal of the Greater Philadelphia STEAM Initiative is to fundamentally rethink urban education. An innovative new integrated STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and culture, and mathematics) curriculum framework will be developed based on a redefined aim of education that is reflective of the 21st century. A key component of the program is the planned inclusion of informal learning experiences, such as visiting museums and business internships, in the formal curriculum to provide student concrete applications of what is taught in “formal” classroom settings.
The 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education (21PSTEM), along with several other prominent Philadelphia area partner organizations, received a $150,000 grant from the Barra Foundation to launch the STEAM Initiative. It builds on previous National Science Foundation grants and a current United States Agency for International Development-funded (USAID) grant in Egypt designing new Model STEM schools for their Ministry of Education.
During this period we conducted seven design studios involving 134 people from 74 different organizations to collaboratively create an aspirational statement for the region, a re-casted aim of high school education, and an elaboration of the meaning of that aim.
For high school graduates to discover their sense of place in a diverse and united community; who are connected to the regional culture and economy; who can navigate the world around them and understand levels of complexity within their immediate community and beyond; who possess a sense of purpose and resilience; who can learn both independently and collaboratively with the capacity to think critically, solve problems, adapt, thrive, and create a sustainable life and world; and who act responsibly and respectfully toward themselves and others.
Research and writing grant proposals for development new model high school.
The inaugural Meeting of The Greater Philadelphia STEAM Initiative – Nov 6, 2015