Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund recently awarded Partners In Education $9,750 to be used for the Bridging the Gap from STEM to STREAM at Bridgeton Elementary. The $9,750 awarded this year will add STREAM to the current STEM Lab project and to include grades K-2. STREAM in action takes the STEM formulation (science, technology, engineering and math) and adds R for reading/writing and A for arts.
“A key factor in the success of STREAM is student engagement, participation, and excitement resulting in significantly lowering the dropout rate. The desire for students to stay in school and succeed is challenged when students struggle in their daily course work. Our goal is to reach all students, not just the ones who thrive on straight academics,” said Melissa Thompson, principal at Bridgeton Elementary.
Anna Leyva, Program Manager with Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund, said the selection committee looks for initiatives that directly support education development. In describing why the STREAM Grant proposal was chosen, Levya said, “To separate reading/writing and arts from our STEM focus does a disservice to the overall development of our students. The United States is falling behind in STEM fields, and job placement programs require our students to have imagination, problem-solving and collaborative skills, in addition to technical skills. STREAM is sparking students’ imagination and helping students innovate through hands-on projects and thought-partnering. And perhaps most importantly, it’s about applying creative thinking and design skills to these STEM projects so that students can imagine a variety of ways to use STEM skills in adulthood.”
Founded in 1900, Weyerhaeuser is today one of the world’s largest forest products companies. They employ thousands of people in businesses that grow, harvest and sell trees, and make a range of forest products essential to everyday lives. They support U.S. and Canadian communities where they have a significant presence or business interest.
These communities range from rural to metropolitan, each with unique priorities and needs. Weyerhaeuser employees serve on local advisory committees for the Giving Fund and develop funding priorities within their particular community. This provides a strong companywide framework for giving while allowing for flexibility to meet unique needs in the different communities that Weyerhaeuser serves.