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Boise-Eliot/Humboldt PTA STEAM School

A PreK-8 school with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math

National PTA STEM Initiative

National PTA’s STEM Plus Families initiative increases access to STEM education and careers, especially among under-represented youth, by developing, evaluating and sharing effective ways to engage families in STEM experiences, while working with partners to improve access to STEM school and community learning environments. PTA’s vision is that all students have the family and community support needed to access and pursue STEM opportunities and careers.

We want to foster passion for science, technology, engineering, and math through fun activities and by involving families in these experiences together. Our STEM initiative will engage students, families, and communities in opportunities to explore... inspire... empower... and educate... STEM possibilities.

STEAM education is active and has student-centered learning at its core. Through a focus on inquiry-based instruction, we seek to build a STEAM program that focuses on integrated units of study that are place-based and relevant to our students and community.

We will use experiential learning opportunities to ignite curiosity and provide an opportunity for reflection, challenging students’ initial beliefs and guiding them in the formation of deeper questions from multiple perspectives. Through this work, we hope to build a program that connects the classroom to stewardship empowering Boise-Eliot/Humboldt students to take action and educate others as they move along the path toward college and 21st century careers.

The Portland Metro STEM Partnership is a regional collaboration of public and private organizations with a shared goal of transforming science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for K-12 students.

Through the development and implementation of innovative STEAM teaching and learning practices, all Oregon students will develop the necessary scientific literacy and technological knowledge they need to excel as citizens of our increasingly complex world. 

The STEAM transformation of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt will be accomplished by striving towards the following student goals/outcomes:

1. Motivational Resilience: Constructive Coping
Students will demonstrate proficiency in adaptive strategizing skills and persistence in the face of academic challenges, obstacles, and setbacks

2. Motivational Resilience: Academic Engagement
Students demonstrate high quality participation in academic work, including effort and enthusiasm

3. Cognitive Skills: Metacognitive Skills
Students will know a variety of problem solving strategies and tools and be able to choose and strategically use these tools

4. Cognitive Skills: Problem Solving
Students will be able to identify, frame, and solve complex problems and apply knowledge and skills to novel problems and/or situations across STEAM subjects

5. Academic Identity
Students will feel a sense of belonging, competency, autonomy and purpose as they view themselves and their potential to enjoy and succeed in STEAM classes and careers

Portland Council PTA held a city wide meeting on October 20, 2016 to share how STEM education can inspire student learning and how school PTAs can play a role in engaging families to create positive STEM identities for all students. It was a great evening with hands on activities and information on how everyone can play a substantial role in supporting STEM in their schools.

Portland Council PTA is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with OregonASK where we will partner to bring training to PTA leaders so that they can hold family engineering nights at their schools. Six pilot schools are a part of this project with hopes to expand next school year to include additional schools. We are happy to announce that Boise-Eliot, Creston, Faubion, Hayhurst, Scott and Vestal were selected to participate. We look forward to sharing this opportunity with additional PTAs next school year.

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt STEAM Vision Statement
To understand and foster the development of human communities and the environment, through the lens of Place, Race and Justice.