What is STEM?
The Galloway School is dedicated to preparing students for 21st Century workplace careers by providing high quality educational opportunities in STEM fields. STEM represents the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM education encourages a curriculum that is driven by problem solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and student-centered development of ideas and solutions.
STEM Labs offer an environment where students can conduct experiments and simulations in a controlled environment. STEM labs are designed to provide technology education at its best by supporting academic development in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
The students work through a wide-range of modules and projects that relate to specific career clusters. Students work in teams on collaborative projects linked to modular study. In each assignment, students are learning workplace skills such as problem solving, team working, and communication skills. Each member of the work team has a specific job title: Inventory Control Specialist; Master Builder; Academic Assistant; Group Coordinator.
The Galloway School is pleased to have Diane Kane, Ph.D as the Director of our STEM Lab. Dr Kane has earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education and a Ph.D in Human Development.
“My research interest is how young children (before they write and read) become problem solvers and manipulate abstract concepts on their own. I found that “thinking like a scientist” relies more on creativity than on IQ. It means widening the response repertoire, rather than looking for a correct answer. Imagine the thrill of getting to put this best practice into the Galloway STEM lab and knowing the kind of successes that are in store for our students.”
- Taught as an adjunct for 5 colleges in Texas teaching Creativity, Identifying Giftedness, and Teaching Math to Preoperational Children
- Designed the child care center for Johnson Space Center, the Outer Space Academy for Space Center Houston, and was awarded the charter for Houston’s Space Community Charter School.
- Wrote curriculum that met the First Generation Science Standards (we are now in the NEXT Generation Science Standards NGSS) and trained teachers from 40 states and 3 continents.
- Family owned and operated the Clear Creek Children’s Institute for 11 years. During that time, more than 600 students went through the program which was committed to developing creative problem solvers and unlocking academic potential.