2019-20 Recipient - Goleta Education Foundation - Goleta Union School District

Amount Awarded: 
$ 65,000

Community Needs : Early Childhood Development, Education

Project Title: 
STEAM Lab at El Camino Elementary School

Project Description:  The Goleta Unified School District (GUSD) adopted a new science curriculum in 2019 that promotes student competency in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). The curriculum is best supported by hands-on learning in a lab specially designed to encourage students to collaborate, design, think, read and write like scientists and engineers. Teachers at El Camino have made do with an antiquated computer center equipped with aging desktop computers, earphones and fixed furniture. This grant will fund a state-of-the-art STEAM Lab at El Camino Elementary School. The existing space will be refurbished with flexible-seating furniture, interactive monitors, laptops and tablets. The lab will also be equipped with digital media production equipment including lighting, a green screen and software for video editing and design. GUSD is assuming all labor costs for the project. El Camino has the highest poverty rate (73%) and highest percentage of English learners (41%) in the GUSD.

A future engineer studies science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics at El Camino Elementary School’s STEAM lab.
Teachers at El Camino School made do with an antiquated computer center ill-suited for creative collaboration among students.
New STEAM lab at El Camino School features flexible seating, interactive computer technology, digital media production equipment, lighting and software for video editing and design.