Just as the development of the steam engine was an essential early element of the Industrial Revolution, education is the cornerstone of driving innovation in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century. But how do we get there when many students entering college lack the mathematics and computation skills needed to pursue science and engineering education programs? Santa Cruz County pubic schools do not provide hands-on, project-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education programs in spite of our proximity to Silicon Valley! Now imagine school classrooms where students are provided activities that give them the right amount of freedom and structure to “play” with these study areas while acquiring skills in art, multi-media, collaboration, communication and presentation.
Enter STEAM POWER After School, a non-profit organization that provides iPads, trained teachers, and hands-on, project-based integrated lessons of science, technology, engineering, art, and math to students in the Santa Cruz county public school system. STEAM POWER’s mission is to expose, engage, educate and inspire K-12 students in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The STEAM POWER program is available to every student, regardless of resources, in a wide range of formats including after school, early period or lunch sessions, clubs, and competitions throughout all grades.
Bread for the Journey of Santa Cruz County is excited to be a part of this important investment in the education of our children, and has given STEAM POWER After School a seed grant to purchase a central charging and syncing cart system for the 10-25 iPads needed to start their After School pilot program. The significance of this grant is two fold. First, STEAM POWER will educate hundreds of students at Del Mar School with hands-on, project-based lessons. Secondly, STEAM POWER will be able to capture successful outcomes from the pilot and continue raising funds and expanding STEAM POWER throughout Santa Cruz County.