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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

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
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. We are going virtual for 2021! Click here to register and for more information on the 2021 STEM Design Challenge.

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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. 

MADCom will be fully 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 is open! Projects can be registered at:  Project Rubrics and additional information can be found on the Media and Design Competition Website:

iSTEAMM Acronym in a circle with the words Science, Technology, Enigineering, Arts, Math, and Manufacturing.

This Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and Manufacturing conference seeks to inspire 7th and 8th grade students to pursue careers in STEAMM.  Coverted to a virtual format for 2020, students were able to attend a panel presentation and 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.  When held in-person, it is on the beautiful campus of Delaware Valley University.  Registration is through the student's school only (you may not individually register a student to attend).  Should a 2021 event be able to be offered, details will be posted here.  The event is normally held the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend.

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 virtually - click here for details.   


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.