What is STEM?
The Galloway School is dedicated to preparing students for 21st Century workplace careers by providing high quality educational opportunities in STEM fields. STEM represents the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM education utilizes a curriculum that is driven by problem solving, hands-on learning, exploration and discovery. and student-centered development of ideas and solutions.
The STEM Lab is an environment where students can conduct experiments and simulations in a safe, developmentally appropriate space. Students as young as four years come to the lab for investigations. Two- and three-year olds have STEM lab activities in their own classrooms. Students learn to use laboratory equipment and follow procedures that encourage science thinking.
Start early. There is a saying “Reclaim your Sense of Wonder and Create great Things.” Curiosity involves being aware of the world and sensitive to ambiguities, fearless to try new things and tolerance for trial and error. Who can do that better than a young child?
This will involve using natural materials, not gadgets, so that no one is worried about taking things apart, doing the procedure more than once, using materials in unusual ways.
Our motto at Galloway is Think Like a Scientist, Work like an Engineer.
Scientists ask questions, make connections, try more than one solution, observe carefully, notice change. Each of these process skills is part of the scientific method. And how do engineers work? Cooperatively, collaboratively, building on the suggestions of others.
Everywhere and at every opportunity: Besides the STEM lab and classroom science lessons, the Galloway School maintains an outdoor classroom. Students go on field trips to museums, the Nature Center, Camp Allen, the Port of Houston.
And we Make challenges authentic. We encourage students to ask big questions and we pursue all answers. Students interact with experts in STEM fields, culminating in the GSTEM EXPO each year. Students in grades kindergarten and up participate in our version of science fair, presenting individual projects to outside experts for judging.
Links and Forms for Science Fair
The Galloway School is pleased to have Diane Kane, Ph.D as the Director of our STEM Lab. Dr Kane has earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education and a Ph.D in Human Development.
“My research interest is how young children (before they write and read) become problem solvers and manipulate abstract concepts on their own. I found that “thinking like a scientist” relies more on creativity than on IQ. It means widening the response repertoire, rather than looking for a correct answer. Imagine the thrill of getting to put this best practice into the Galloway STEM lab and knowing the kind of successes that are in store for our students.”
- Taught as an adjunct for 5 colleges in Texas teaching Creativity, Identifying Giftedness, and Teaching Math to Preoperational Children
- Designed the child care center for Johnson Space Center, the Outer Space Academy for Space Center Houston, and was awarded the charter for Houston’s Space Community Charter School.
- Wrote curriculum that met the First Generation Science Standards (we are now in the NEXT Generation Science Standards NGSS) and trained teachers from 40 states and 3 continents.
- Family owned and operated the Clear Creek Children’s Institute for 11 years. During that time, more than 600 students went through the program which was committed to developing creative problem solvers and unlocking academic potential.