Prairieville Primary School and Spanish Lake Primary School, of Geismar, are piloting a new program this year that breaks up students into STEAM Clubs on select Friday afternoons during school hours throughout the year, a news release said.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

“It is part of our focus on increasing creative and practical thinking for students through the use of STEAM activities integrated into our school program. This is in conjunction with the 21st Century Schools initiative, which promotes critical thinking, collaboration and creativity,” Prairieville Primary Principal Carol Smith said.

Prairieville Primary held its first STEAM activities during Enrichment Day on Sept. 26. The 18 different activities across kindergarten through fifth grades included art, Legos, science, cooking, forensics and robotics.

“Many times these types of clubs are only offered after school or by outside organizations, and often for a fee. We wanted all of our students to have the opportunity to participate during the school day,” said Spanish Lake Primary Principal Brit Colon, who also sponsors the BMX Club.

Spanish Lake’s STEAM Clubs, sponsored by teachers and community volunteers, met Sept. 4, Sept. 18 and Oct. 9. They include the Crazy Eights Club, Lego Club, BMX Club, 4-H Club, Junior Beta Club, Cooking Club, Science Club, Yearbook Club, Art Club, Coding Club, Newspaper Club, Movie Club, Choir Club, Drama Club, Chess Club, Student Council, Book and Creative Writing Club and Spanish Club.

The next STEAM meetings at Spanish Lake Primary will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23.