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Education for youth ages 5 through 18

Reading skills are vital to understanding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (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 1-1/2 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.

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  • STREAM, Reading is Still Fundamental
  • STEM jobs are expected to grow 13 percent between 2017-2027.
  • STREAM prepares youth for future STEM careers.
  • Different from most STEM programs…
  • STREAM begins with a reading foundation.
  • Teaching skills needed to understand STEM technical reading.
  • STREAM prepares youth to excel in STEM courses…
  • Building confidence and encouraging fun.
  • Continue the flow of STEM with STREAM.
  • Alabama Extension, more in our cities. aces.edu/urban.

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 through 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.
  • Personnel takes care of everything for the series from set-up, teaching the lessons, and follow-up data analysis.

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

Important STEM Facts

  • STEM jobs are expected to grow by 13 percent 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.

Contact Us

Alabama Extension serves all 67 Alabama counties. If your county isn’t listed below, contact the nearest county on the list or the program specialist in the state office.

State Office, Alabama A&M University
Angela Williams, Youth Development Specialist
Office: (256) 372-5713 Email: arw0033@aces.edu



Alabama Extension. More in our cities

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