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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. 

Bucks IU 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) and to offer a wide variety of events and actitivities at our NEW Fab Lab Center.  Click Here for Fab Lab Programs and Information.

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
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.  This is open to public and non-public school teams in Bucks County.

  • Registration for Schools/ Teams is now open. This year’s event will not be limited - all that register may participate!
  • Teams must submit their recorded presentation and all accompanying files by 5 pm on March 7, 2022 (logistics/platform of this will be shared with registered schools in February 2022).
  • A group of semi-finalist teams will be invited for a synchronous virtual judging session on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 and Thursday, March 24, 2022.
  • A special live virtual event will be held at 12 noon on Friday, March 25, 2022 to announce awards.

PA High School Media and Design Competition 2022
PA Media and Design Competition Middle School 2022

This Media And Design Competition is for middle and high school students and allows them 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 competition ending at the state level. 

The regional level of MADCom will be virtual this year. This is a FREE event designed to highlight the awesome work students are doing with technology in our schools across Bucks County.  This year, project documents/files/pictures/etc. can be uploaded right to the registration portal for virtual judging! Project artifacts and documents are due onto the portal March 12th, so there is plenty of time for students to get involved!

Teacher/Mentors: Registration opens November 7, 2021 and closes March 1, 2022.  Once open, projects can be registered here.  Project Rubrics and additional information can be found on the Media and Design Competition Website:

PA Governor Seal
Governor's STEM Competition

This annual competition, overseen by a state level team, 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.  There are no regional competitions - all teams go straight to states.  Registration closes November 17, 2021 with all projects compenents due to be submitted by April 19, 2022.  Interested teams can register and find all the details regarding the competion at:

The Bucks IU STEAM Team is here to support Bucks County teams that may have questions/needs as they work. The Team is also available to meet and provide feedback before the April 19, 2022 submission deadline.

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.