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      Program Overview

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        Program for students with gifts/interests in:

        Our STEAM program is geared towards students who have a curiosity about how the world around them works.   They are risk-takers who grow to understand that when an idea does not work, or FAILs, that it is simply our “First Attempt In Learning. “ Students often have a keen interest in for science, technology, engineering and math, and are drawn towards hands on learning.

        Benefits/Goals of the Program:
        STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.  Oakdale STEAM Elementary School focuses on these subjects to help ensure our children and youth gain the skills required to succeed in today's challenging world. Our school vision statement is “Preparing ALL Students for a Successful Future.”  Thus, our STEAM program is fueled by America's high demand for educated and highly-skilled workers in order to keep our nation's most innovative companies here in the U.S. Our STEAM curriculum offers integration across subjects and in related arts, ensuring our students receive a solid foundation. Students think critically, solve problems, hypothesize, research, experiment, draw conclusions, apply their knowledge in each subject, and demonstrate effective communication.  Oakdale’s classrooms use real world applications to blend the three R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic) and the four C’s (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity).  Oakdale students are prepared to for the demands of the middle school and high school STEAM programs.

        Program Specific Course Offerings/Instructional Models:

        Students are challenged to evaluate real-world problems and potential solutions through the engineering Design Process, inquiry, and problem-based and project-based learning (PBL).   Additionally, Oakdale uses a wide variety of hands-on materials in teaching STEAM, such as Full Option Science System (FOSS), Engineering is Elementary (EIE), and Discovery Education.  Additionally, all students attend their weekly STEAM related arts class in our STEAM Makerspace. They engage in completing design challenges and connecting what they are learning in their classes to the real world. 

        All students, 4K-5th grade, participate in our Annual STEAM Fair.  Projects in 4K – 2 are typically whole class, and grades 3-5 transition to individual projects for competition.  All students participate in our Annual Relate Arts Showcase, which highlights STEAM.  A variety of clubs are available to students, such as Girls Who Code and Robotics.  Students in grades 3-5 participate in local and state STEAM-related competitions.

      Course Offerings

      • Program Specific Course Offerings/Instructional Models:
        Students are challenged to evaluate real-world problems and potential solutions through the engineering Design Process, inquiry, and problem-based and project-based learning (PBL).   Additionally, Oakdale uses a wide variety of hands-on materials in teaching STEAM, such as Full Option Science System (FOSS), Engineering is Elementary (EIE), and Discovery Education.  Additionally, all students attend their weekly STEAM related arts class in our STEAM Makerspace. They engage in completing design challenges and connecting what they are learning in their classes to the real world. 

        All students, 4K-5th grade, participate in our Annual STEAM Fair.  Projects in 4K – 2 are typically whole class, and grades 3-5 transition to individual projects for competition.  All students participate in our Annual Relate Arts Showcase, which highlights STEAM.  A variety of clubs are available to students, such as Girls Who Code and Robotics.  Students in grades 3-5 participate in local and state STEAM-related competitions.

      Awards

      • Awards/Recognition/Designations Received:
        Winthrop Partner School

        Teachers trained in PBL through Winthrop University and nationally acclaimed Buck Institute of Education

        Recipient of $162,000 Math Science Partnership Grant in collaboration with Saluda Trail and South Pointe

        2014 – You Be the Chemist Competition state finalist

        2015-2016 USC- Upstate Piedmont Regional Science Fair; 22 students competed; three students placed – first place physics, second place physics, honorable mention biology -  out of 800 entries

        2016-2017 USC- Upstate Piedmont Regional Science Fair – 10 students competed

        2016-2017 SC 4-H Engineering Challenge -19 students competed; received 1st place for energy house, 3rd place and honorable mention for energy oven out of 200 student participants

        2017-2018 USC- Upstate Piedmont Regional Science Fair; 21 students competed; three students placed  out of over 400 entries – 1st place, 3rd place, Honorable Mention 

        2017-2018 SC 4-H Engineering Challenge – 14 students competed; one team earned 3rd place out of over 200 student participants from SC elementary, middle, and high schools

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