What is S.T.E.A.M.?
S.T.E.A.M stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math, and it is a way of teaching that engages multiple modalities in students all leading to a lifelong holistic learning approach!
So what does that all mean? Well we like pyramids here so let’s take a look!
Well according to Deron Cameron the principal of UPES the first S.T.E.A.M. approved school, “STEAM represents a paradigm shift from traditional education philosophy, based on standardized test scores, to a modern ideal which focuses on valuing the learning process as much as the results. In essence, we dare our students to be wrong, to try multiple ideas, listen to alternate opinions and create a knowledge base that is applicable to real life as opposed to simply an exam.”
What can we do with this?
S.T.E.A.M. is all about engaging the multitude of diverse ways that students learn, as well as giving students the chance to learn in the way that best suits them. If student’s are required to go to school, then we should at least be giving each and every one of them the chance to truly learn! When we use science, technology, engineering, art, and math we are able to engage these modalities to their full potentential.