Friendswood ISD’s, Cline Elementary held their inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Day Friday, April 13.

“STEAM Day is a trans-disciplinary approach,” said Barry Clifford, principal of Cline Elementary. “Our goal is to provide the context for students to explore, create, and ‘connect the dots’ in a creative way.”

900 students and over 50 teachers partnered with local businesses and community volunteers to explore activities geared to their age level and interests. The students got hands-on experiences by working with NASA astronaut Josh Casava using virtual reality goggles, digging for fossils, and experiencing a space mission up-close inside the Discovery Dome.

“ Many students will tell you that STEAM day is their favorite day of the year,” said Shawna Lewis Media Integration Specialist.  “The day is filled with excitement as students celebrate their success and learn from their failures. Failure is a part of the process and we encourage our students to see failure as an opportunity for growth and improvement to their designs.”

In 2015 Cline renovated their once traditional library into a new high tech digital center where students interact with a magnetic wall, computers, a 3D printer and green screen.

“We want students to become more exposed to the opportunities in the STEM fields with an integrated approach that is more consistent with the “real world,” said Clifford.