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STEAM Programs

Classroom of children using computers with the word STEAM (the acronym for science, technology, engineering, art, and math) is on the whiteboard at the front of the room

We are committed to the advancement of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math – education.  Originally referred to as STEM, "art" has been integrated as a critical design element that helps take advanced conceptual ideas and transforms them into real, usable tools. Our focus on advancing STEAM education encompasses programs for both students and educators. 

STEAM Education on the Go - FAB LAB

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We are very excited to be able to bring STEAM education directly to the students of Bucks County with our Mobile FAB LAB (Fabrication Laboratory).  Our transit van will transport several carts of equipment for week long residencies at schools, as well as specialty programs at regional homeless shelters and summer camps.  Learn more here

NEW - STEAM Energizers

Click here to check out how the Bucks IU's Mobile FAB LAB is now coming right to you with these great STEAM activities you can be doing at home!! 

Student STEAM Events and Programs

Interest in STEAM education is created by providing students with the means to play, create, learn, and invent so that each child’s full potential and interest can be developed in these areas of study.

iSTEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and Manufacturing) iSTEAMM Acronym in a circle with the words Science, Technology, Enigineering, Arts, Math, and Manufacturing. conference seeks to inspire 7th and 8th grade students to pursue careers in STEAMM.  Each student will attend one panel presentation and two smaller breakout sessions, of their choice, led by local STEAMM professionals. The conference incorporates the Pennsylvania Department of Education's guidance on standards for career readiness and is led and coordinated by the Bucks IU in partnership with United Way of Bucks County and held at Delaware Valley University.  Registration is through the student's school only (you may not individually register a student to attend).  This years iSTEAMM will be on May 21, 2020.  

PRESENTERS WANTED - Volunteer presenters are asked to provide hands-on, interactive workshops with the goal of inspiring students to consider STEAMM careers. Presenters are encouraged to develop and submit a proposal for a session no later than April 1, 2020. Additional details, including session times, are available at Organizers will review all proposals, and then select presenters to ensure a wide range of career experiences are represented.

STEAM Saturdays – We work with individual schools and districts to offer students, in grades 1-8, an interactive program dedicated to cultivating 21st century skills such as problem solving, collaboration, teamwork, creativity, imagination, and critical thinking.

PA Media and Design Challenge - This middle and high school competition allows students to unleash their creativity, convey information dynamically, apply state standards, and collaborate to create innovative projects that feature their application skills and computer knowledge. There are several categories they can enter, from programming to video and web design, with the winners of each advancing to a state competition. This academic year, the competition will be held on March 24, 2020 for middle school students and March 25, 2020 for high school students. To register click here.

STEM Design Challenge written out with icons representing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

STEM Design Challenge - Student teams, grouped by grades 4-5 and 6-8 are given a specific design challenge for which they must provide a journal documenting their concepts and plans, as well as a final design blueprint. Then they must successfully assemble their creation for judging. Winners advance to the state competition.  Dates for this year's challenges are:

March 6, 2020: Elementary (grades 4-5) STEM Design Challenge
March 13, 2020: Middle School (grades 6-8) STEM Design Challenge (Postponed)

Click here for more information on the 2020 STEM Design Challenge.

Governor's STEM Competition - This annual competition focuses on exposing high school students to STEAM occupations, skills, and concepts. Using a themed assignment, student teams connect with a workforce partner as they research, design, and present a device/project to a panel of judges. Winners advance to the Pennsylvania state finals. This year the competition will be held on February 11, 2020.  

Educator STEAM Programs

As we continue to add to our STEAM programs for students, the Bucks IU also ensures that our county educators have access to knowledge and tools that will allow them to successfully drive student interest and advancement.    

PA SEED Ecosystem - A collaboration with the PA Department of Education (PDE) and Bucks,

PA Seed Ecosystem

Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery County IUs, PA SEED provides the architecture for cross-sector STEAM education.  It harnesses contributions from schools, out-of-school programs, STEAM expert institutions (e.g. science centers), the private sector, and community-based organizations into a symbiosis providing unique STEAM education opportunities.

Customizable Curriculum Support and Program Quality Reviews - The Bucks IU STEAM team can provide assistance with the development and review of programs and curriculums designed to best address specific STEAM area(s) of study.  The objective is to support districts, teachers, and schools so that they may best achieve their STEAM goals. 

Advisory Councils -The STEAM Leadership Council serves as the county-wide leadership arm of the regional PA SEED Ecosystem and includes representatives from K-12 public and nonpublic schools, workforce partners, STEAM learning organizations, and community organizations.  There are also advisory council groups for each individual content area of STEAM who come together to collaborate, network, and receive of-the-moment professional learning. 

Professional Learning - We educate the educator with programs that include coding, best practices in visual arts, math, science, teaching and learning, elementary engineering programs, and

Engineering is Elementary logo with text and EIE in an orange boxSTEAM integration.  The Bucks IU is a certified provider of Engineering is Elementary (EIE) Professional Development.