You have probably heard or read that STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. You may even have taken one or more of these subjects in your school career. However, you probably have noticed that there is no science, math, etc. in the title of our main textbook Learning Together with Children. That is because STE[A]M is not what you studied in school. So throw away any preconceived ideas or attitudes you have about science, math, engineering, and technology and be ready to learn an engaging and exciting approach to designing wonder filled learning experiences for young children.
STEM education is an integrated approach to solving problems and taking on real world challenges. It is project-based, hands-on and multi-disciplinary. It draws on the sciences, mathematics, engineering and the uses of technology to engage children in learning and developing positive attitudes to STEM areas. The term STEM was coined several years ago as part of the New Generation National Science Standards.
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So then what Is STE[A]M?
STE[A]M goes beyond the 4 STEM subjects. The bracketed A stands for the arts. These include the fine arts, music, dance, drama, and literature. In STEAM education the focus is on nourishing children’s curiosity, imagination, and creativity by drawing on the arts in the context of exploring science, math, technology, and engineering projects. Well-designed STEAM activities teach children to become astute observers and introduce them to the critical thinking skills needed for successful careers and the enjoyment of life. OR…
STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based on Mathematical principles
For a better understanding of STEAM watch this video From STEM to STEAM