STEAM
STEAM
The STEAM Initiative

J14 has implemented an STEAM initiative throughout the program as a means to educate, encourage, and prepare students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We recognize that the arts supports success in technical fields and have added it to the basic STEM philosophy.

STEAM Creativity. Peaking Interest

J14 has integrated a STEAM initiative to teach youth how all things relate to each other, in school and in life. The J14 STEAM Program endorse the use of:

  • Music
  • Videos
  • Take-home activities
  • Hands on Agricultural Initiatives
  • Relatable stories
  • Social-emotional skill building lessons
Why STEAM Matters
 More than eight million jobs will be available in technical fields by 2018. Unfortunately, only 1 in every 4 fourth grade students from low-income backgrounds are proficient in math and 1 in 6 are proficient in Science. With the rising demand to STEM related careers we must prepare students with the resources they need to be successful in these fields
What Makes STEAM Unique
STEAM activities focus on exploration more than execution; therefore the facilitator works to steer participants in the right direction, not dictate the process or answers.
Does Art belong in STEAM
STEAM can help to make learning fun and more engaging for participants. J14 has composed a program that allows students to engage in STEAM activities in the garden and in the classroom.

 

J14 has implemented art into the program to start youth in a comfortable, inviting environment by eliminating the fear of getting something wrong. STEAM encourages students to be creative and productive.

STEAM in the garden!

Gardening is more than a way to sustain life by feeding the hungry, it is a way to learn. J14 has implemented the Kitchen Community STEM gardening curriculum in the program to get participants outside. This program will allow them to develop skills and serve the community. This curriculum has been divided into three levels

Gardening for K-2
Gardening is more than a way to sustain life by feeding the hungry, it is a way to learn. J14 has implemented the Kitchen Community STEM gardening curriculum in the program to get participants outside. This program will allow them to develop skills and serve the community. This curriculum has been divided into three levels.
3 - 5 Grade Gardening
These students will become familiar with gardening vocabulary, learn the essentials of growing a garden, and help to care for the plants in the garden.
Grades 6 - 8 Garden Care
All participants will have an opportunity to plant, grow, water, and harvest in the learning garden.

 

J14 has been fortunate to partner with area church community gardens. The collaborating has allowed J14 to turn the community garden into a learning garden for J14 participants while still serving the community.