what is STEAM?
WHAT IS STEAM?
A totally interdisciplinary approach, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.
We’ve all heard about STEM, but the addition of the Arts and creative development is the missing link that compliments the other areas of thinking. STEAM’s foundations lie in inquiry, creative thinking and innovative learning. The entire idea surrounding STEAM lessons and the STEAM approach is that it encourages questioning and creativity.
Inquiry, curiosity, being able to experiment while being creative with the solutions is at the heart of this approach, better equipping our young learners to thrive in the present and rapidly evolving future.
In today's age families rarely have time to sit and work on these sorts of invaluable projects, however children learn so much from them. They love the opportunity to get creative and 'make' in a stress free environment, where they don't have to worry about the result, mess and where no judgements are made, so as to encourage their creative confidence.
STEAM focused activities allow children to engage in experiential learning, develop resilience when things don't go to plan, persist in problem solving, embrace collaboration, and take thoughtful risks while working through a creative process.
Experimenting creatively can bring about great achievements and sometimes projects don't go as planned. This is ok too and much learning can be had. It teaches resilience, problem solving and lets them know that creative works are often produced over a number of attempts and experiments.
"STEAM removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation.
These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!"
Click below to see some of the many STEAM activities that will inspire our curriculum.
We'll be bringing cool STEAM products like the KiwiCo Tinker and Doodle Crates into our classes. How awesome is that!
And the best thing, the mess stays with us!!!!
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