Can you get enough STEAM in your classroom?
Updated: Oct 22, 2018
So, what is STEAM?
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to open up lines of inquiry and guiding student, developing dialogue, and critical thinking.
As classrooms and curriculums have embraced the Problem Based Learning approach, cooperative and collaborative learning, we recognise that children working together in a cross curricular ways, gets great results. So the idea to include even more subjects seems so logical.
The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving. Also they learn to work as part of a team, skills and language exchange and how to evaluate the work that has been done.
And, what is STEM?
You may have heard of this before! It was STEM before STEAM and The simplest definition is what it stands for, which is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. .... The ultimate goal of STEM education is to encourage students to take an interest in STEM subjects at an early age.
Have a look at this lovely STEAM project from Macmillan Publishers ELT . This one has a bilingual focus and looks great for younger children.
The Garden Project is the first of its kind to combine a Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) framework. This nature-inspired project is based on the principles of sustainability. Through planting their own garden or ‘garden in the box’, children are encouraged to learn about their natural environment.
From this holistic learning experience, pupils and teachers will have rich opportunities to use English while they explore nature within the classroom, creating a sense of purpose and curiosity as children nurture the plants while they grow.
At each step of the growing process children are introduced to the scientific method, documenting their findings in their Garden Project Journals.
What to find out more about the principle behind STEAM, in these clips.
For more information about the methodology, use these links....