Like hundreds of school districts nationwide, Garland ISD features the innovative educational framework known as STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Championed by educators, public officials and researchers across the country, STEAM’s official concept is that science and technology interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in mathematical elements, is an adaptable program that supports a rigorous, 21st-century education.
GISD’s STEAM program features a four-phase, yearlong plan that includes a STEAM Engineering Challenge, the Science Fair, VEX Robotics competitions and Maker Creator challenges. Students engage in tower building, balloon and rubber band-powered cars, rollercoasters, catapults, chess and more. Winners, as well as every entry in each category, garner points for their school area in preparation for a GISD-exclusive event.
“I am constantly amazed by the ingenuity of our students,” said STEAM Coordinator Tina Garrett. “The creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving I see every day will surely translate to success in college and careers.”
All challenges culminate at the one-day STEAMposium—the area’s largest showcase of student engineers and inventors. The one-of-a-kind event features projects from all phases, enlightening seminars, guest speakers and good-hearted fun. The presentation of the STEAMLY Cup—a recreation of the famed Stanley Cup—ends the event each year, awarding the winning area with the traveling trophy.
“The feedback and participation has been amazing,” Garrett expressed. “It has been a great since the start. I think a yearlong challenge like this allows our students the opportunity to acquire skills that will support them for a lifetime. ‘STEAM—Students and Teachers Energizing Active Minds’ is the culture I hope to continue cultivating through these experiences.”
With a goal to foster student success, unique, innovative experiences like STEAMposium will continue to support lifelong learners ready for the future.
See the most recent STEAMposium in action online.