Friday STREAM Enrichment

The goal of Butler Catholic School is to take each student to the next level of learning through an integrated education experience. To foster an exciting educational environment, BCS offers academic enrichment programs to its Kindergarten through 8th grade students every Friday afternoon.  The Friday afternoon program theme changes yearly, and for the 2017-2018 school year the teachers of BCS have collaborated to foster an intentional connection between five areas of learning: Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, also known as STREAM.

For this innovative new program, not only are teachers collaborating, but students are grouped with children outside their own classroom and grade level.  Student groupings are rotated to foster positive social and team-building skills.   Over the course of the semester kindergarten and first grade students, second and third grade students, fourth and fifth grade students, and sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will work together on a number of STREAM activities every Friday afternoon that correlate to a topic their teachers have selected for that grade grouping.  Each week a new project will be highlighted to give insight about how learning at BCS extends beyond the traditional classroom.  The Friday STREAM enrichment program creates opportunities for students to apply their in-class learning experiences in a way that cultivates collaborative, creative and critical thinkers for the 21st century.

This week’s highlight: Apples with Second and Third Grade

The 2nd and 3rd graders are crazy for apples in their latest series of STREAM projects. Students are “Apple Detectives” as they investigate different varieties of apples and their taste and characteristics.  The artists are hard at work painting water color apples. Songs about God’s bountiful harvest and love for us are being sung. For Mathematics students are working to compare weights of apples. Students are also designing and building apple boats, thinking through balance, weight distribution and aerodynamics.