VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota President James W. Abbott and School of Education Dean Donald Easton-Brooks joined South Dakota Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels for the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the new STREAM Teaching Lab at Vermillion’s Jolley Elementary School April 10.
STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading/Writing, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education represents an experiential method of learning that encourages children to discover that curricular content is interconnected, meaningful and relevant to their existence.
Easton-Brooks was excited about the benefits of the STREAM Lab to the USD and Jolley Elementary partnership. “Thank you teachers for embracing the USD School of Education and Jolley Elementary School professional development partnership and allowing us to be part of this learning experience,” said Easton-Brooks.
The project was made possible by a grant that was awarded to Jolley Elementary totaling over $99,000 from the state of South Dakota’s Classroom Innovation Grant. USD School of Education students will study at the new lab to learn how to incorporate the learning model in their own future classrooms.