What is STEAM education and why do we need it?
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. STEAM is an integrated approach to learning that encourages students to think more broadly about real-world problems. STEAM strives to foster student exploration, collaborative learning and to develop critical thinking skills. The resulting learners are a diverse group of innovators who are creative, problem solvers, risk takers, and collaborators. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!
STEAM education is hands on and experiential, students do more than just learn the theory behind how things work, they get their hands dirty and make things work. Learners are encouraged to play, tinker, explore and examine throughout the learning process. Learners will come to understand that all of the concepts of STEAM education are linked. You can not have science without math, math without the arts, art without technology or technology without engineering.
STEAM education is not just for kids. People of all ages can learn to: question like a scientist, design like a technologist, build like an engineer, create like an artist, deduce like a mathematician, and play like a kid! There is something deep inside of all of us, the need to experiment, to explore, to learn and to develop a better understanding of the world we live in and to make it a better place.