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What is STEAM?
STEAM is an abbreviation that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. It is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons. Children apply their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics knowledge in contexts that make connections between the classroom and the world around them.
Why is STEAM important?
The importance of STEAM education is intricately tied to society's technological and scientific advancements. STEAM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic design of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives.
By exposing students to STEAM and giving them opportunities to explore STEAM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEAM field. STEAM occupations are growing at approximately 17%, while other occupations are growing at approximately 9.8%. Generally, STEAM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEAM careers. The National Science Foundation maintains that students will need a strong foundation in STEAM subjects in order to be successful in the information-driven age.
STEAM education encourages and empowers every student to use their creativity and to develop their critical thinking skills. It promotes teamwork, resilience and a growth mindset.
Have a look at STEAM learning in action in our school
Throughout the year, we take part in three focussed STEAM weeks across the school. Each class plans a range of activities to explore STEAM in different ways and contexts. This year, we are exploring:
How do we look after our oceans? (Autumn)
Can we live on Mars (Spring)
How can we explore the world around us? (Summer)
Asking questions and exploring these ideas is a great way to introduce STEAM and creative thinking!