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Building up e-STEAM at TVA

Teachers Matt Bigley and Emily LiCausi being interviewd by members of the media.jpgEven with dramatic changes in technology, steam has been powering the engines of industry for 3 centuries. STEAM is the driving force behind a new, innovative program at Tecumseh Vista Academy, but not from heating water to a boil. TVA e-STEAM will derive its energy from brain cells.

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Arts and Mathematics, the fuel for the 21st century economy. The e is for Entrepreneurship, which is what teachers Matt Biggley and Emily LiCausi (pictured, left, surrounded by media) think is needed to get things started.

The e-STEAM program will be available in September to students in grades 9-12 at Tecumseh Vista Academy. It will blend business, math science and the arts to help develop graduates who can think critically, solve problems and be innovative. In a recent survey of TVA students, 80% expressed an interest in pursuing a business or STEAM-related post-secondary pathway. e-STEAM is a response to that demand.

Director of Education Erin Kelly speaks at TVA e-STEAM announcement.jpgGECDSB Director of Education Erin Kelly (pictured, right) says, "e-STEAM will give students the opportunity to develop their personal passions, learn valuable skills, explore career opportunities and collaborate with community partners while engaging in creative classroom and experiential activities."

TVA e-STEAM has already attracted an impressive list of partners from local organizations and post-secondary schools, which will support the high school students throughout the program. e-STEAM will primarily be an extra-curricular activity for students, but it's a requirement to take the Business Entrepreneurship course in Grade 11 and maintain a concentration of courses in the STEAM subject areas. When they graduate successful e-STEAM participants will be recognized for successfully completing the program and be elligble for post-secondary scholarships.

For more, check out Windsor Star article on the TVA e-STEAM announcment: http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/tecumseh-vista-academy-launches-new-entrepreneurial-program