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Education for youth ages 5–18  Reading skills are vital to understanding STEM concepts and will lead to success across all disciplines. STREAM uses disciplinary literacy instruction to increase success in STEM classes and spark interest in STEM careers.

What is STREAM?

  • STREAM is the acronym for Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts/Agriculture Mathematics.
  • STREAM is delivered in a series of six to seven lessons that engage youth in a number of critical thinking skills.
  • Lessons vary in length from 45 min to 1½ hrs depending on the grade level and objectives.

How is STREAM unique?

  • STREAM is different from other STEM programs as it has an emphasis on developing reading skills as a foundation.
  • The informational reading of STEM subjects can be a barrier for youth. The STREAM series begins with a reading overview that provides the core reading skills needed to get the most out of STEM activities.
  • The series uses problem-based learning that resolves real world problems and issues.

What is the goal of STREAM?

  • The STREAM series encourages youth to pursue STEM-related fields and careers.
  • The series works to empower students with reading skills while introducing them to STEM content and practices.

Who is STREAM for?

  • STREAM works with all school-age children, 5–18.
  • The STREAM series can be reserved for your classroom or other youth groups.

How much does STREAM cost?

  • The STREAM program is absolutely free.
  • Alabama Extension personnel will come to your class or community facility.
  • We take care of everything for the series from set-up, teaching the lessons, and follow-up data analysis.

Figure 2. Female Scientist sit at a computer. Figure 3. Young child pretends to be an astronaut. Figure 4. Group of school children watch a science experiment chemical reaction with awe.


Important STEM Facts

  • STEM jobs are expected to grow by 13% between 2017 and 2027.
  • Millions of STEM jobs go unfilled because there are not enough workers with the proper skills.
  • American youth lag behind in global assessment scores in science and math.
  • Most STEM occupations have higher salaries than the national average.
  • Minorities and females are underrepresented in STEM careers.


STREAM participants can attend the annual Alabama A&M University STEM Day. STEM Day activities take place on campus; to include speakers, faculty & student projects, and interactive learning exercises.

Contact Us

State Office

Alabama A&M University

Dr. Angela Williams
Office: (256) 372-5713
Email: arw0033@aces.edu

Lauderdale County Extension Office

Apriell Burgess
Office: (256) 766-6223
Email: azb0007@aces.edu

Madison County Extension Office

James Fountain
Office: (256) 532-1578
Email: jnf0017@aces.edu

Mobile County Extension Office

Pamela Irby
Office (251) 574-8445
Email: pgi0001@aces.edu

Montgomery County Extension Office

Danielle Rudolph
Office: (334) 270-4133
Email: ddr0007@aces.edu

Morgan County Extension Office

Tabitha Malone
Office: (256) 773-2549
Email: tlm0052@aces.edu

Tuscaloosa County Extension Office

Chante Myles
Office: (205) 349-4630
Email: ckm0011@aces.edu

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