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.