Ingenuity Shines at X-STREAM Games!
Yesterday, the Diocese of Buffalo hosted its third annual X-STREAM Games and Expo, a day of competition in science and technology events that look to inspire a new generation of innovators, scientists, and believers. This event, held at St. Joseph Collegiate Institute in Kenmore – affectionately known as STREAM Academy’s ‘Event & Training Headquarters’ – saw a crowd of over 1,000 spectators, including more than 400 participating students from 25 diocesan schools.
Students from third through eighth grade participated in a variety of competitions including The Science Scrimmage Event, Shark Tank for Inventors, Kitchen Chemistry Cook-Off, and Roller Coaster Rally. We spoke with Jean Comer, STREAM Coordinator for the diocese, who described some of the amazing activities that happened at this year’s extravaganza, “The energy in the room was really special. It felt like you were actually at a sporting event!” She explained how some of the events took place in St. Joe’s gymnasium where spectators in the bleachers were able to cheer their schools on while watching events as they unfolded on large, video-projection screens. One of the guests of honor in attendance at the X-STREAM Games was Bishop Malone who, Comer says, students were especially eager to ‘wow’ with their projects. The Bishop took the time to visit all of the competitions and was even presented with his own lab coat. “By that point,” Comer pointed out, “every kid wanted to get a picture with him!”
The STREAM Program is part of a nationwide push to entice students in Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, and Math, and provides 21st century learning experiences through hands-on lessons, promoting a higher level of critical thinking and a deeper understanding of content. Upon This Rock will allocate $3 million to fund leadership and professional development, as well as essential technological upgrades to STREAM.
After this third year of success, the X-STREAM Games have no plans of slowing down. By the end of the festivities, students and parents alike were already exclaiming that they “can’t wait until next year!” In the meantime, this new wave of hands-on learning will continue every day at Catholic schools all throughout the diocese!
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