Twenty-four first graders watched in awe as the Zoological Society of Palm Beach introduced them to Fredrick, an opossum. Frederick was as close as he could get to the eager minds that wanted to know everything about him. Each week, young students in our communities experience a new way of learning when the Zoological Society comes into their classroom via distant learning technology. This type of learning is one example of a movement to infuse the media arts into a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. With the addition of the arts, STEM is now evolving into STEAM.
The STEAM movement is gaining significant national and state coverage and the media arts are now being acknowledged as a viable means of arts and technology education and inclusion in schools.
STEAM is about integrated learning and preparing our students – and the needs of our community – both now and in the future. We must teach students how to critically and creatively think, innovate and communicate to prepare them for a future that will demand new, imaginative thinking. And with careers in health care, financial services and technology earmarked to be the fastest growing professions by 2018, STEAM is building a forward-thinking, creative workforce to meet those future demands.
With a longstanding commitment to education, the Community Foundation identified STEAM as a new initiative to improve the educational outcomes of our youth. In December 2011, the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors approved $902,400 in STEAM grants funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund of the Community Foundation.
Supporting STEAM -- How You Can Help!
Each of the organizations listed below have been awarded a matching grant from the Community Foundation to provide innovative educational opportunities for local students. These grant awards represent multi-year commitments on behalf of the Community Foundation. Each year, the investment requires a match and for 2012, these organizations have until December 15th to meet a two-to-one challenge -- for every $1 raised, $2 will be matched from the Community Foundation up to the amount listed below.
Donors interested in helping to meet the match challenge can make a gift directly to the organization specifically stating that it is intended to help meet the match and/or recommend a grant from their Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation.
Danielle Blangy CameronV.P.for Personal and Family Philanthropy
"My decision to make a donation to the Community Foundation came down to trust. I knew that my dollars would be used to serve the community under the able stewardship of foundation staff."
CPA, Boca Raton