Operation Full Steam

September 1st, 2020 - August 30th, 2022 | PROJECT

Operation Full STEAM is an exploratory outreach project of the Cade Museum designed to close achievement gaps for underserved elementary school students in Alachua County, Florida. It provides hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) for students as they move from second to fifth grade in three Title I schools. The museum is implementing the project in collaboration with the Alachua County School District and corporate and community partners. This phase of the project will see the students through 4th and 5th grade where standard 5th grade science testing in the schools will measure the impact of the program. In addition to improving academic performance, the project aims to cultivate greater interest in STEAM disciplines among students from culturally and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds, inspire the pursuit of further education, and contribute to a more inclusive and equitable innovation economy.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Leslie Walker, Principal Investigator, Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention


Funding Source: IMLS
Funding Program: Museums for America
Award Number: MA-245483-OMS-20
Funding Amount: $127,017


Access and Inclusion: Ethnic | Racial | Low Socioeconomic Status
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Art | music | theater | General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs