Elmira, NY (WENY) – Students who participated in the Community Arts of Elmira Steam Ahead Chemung Program showed of their projects to the public Wednesday night during an open house.

The STEAM program is a partnership with several local organizations, working together to teach children in the community about art and culture.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math and the program is financed with grants from the triangle fund as well as the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.

This years theme for the program was birds. Program Partners incorporated birds into their teachings and field trips. One of the lessons focused on students working as a group to come up with a hiku poem about birds.

In a press release Elaine Spacher, Executive Director at Tanglewood Nature Center said, “I believe this is the largest collaboration of its kind in Chemung County offered by nonprofits purely to give our at-risk children experiences that they likely would not get any other way. The program will keep kids excited and engaged and allow them to grow academically and personally.”

The eight program partners include; Arnot Art Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, Chemung County Historical Society, Chemung River Friends, Community Arts of Elmira, Namaste Event Spa and Wellness Center, Science and Discovery Center and Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum.