What is STEAM?
When you think of the acronym STEAM, what comes to mind? Science experiments, new technology, artistic projects, coding games, and cool stuff to engage in. The acronym STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. This is an educational method within subject areas that are taught together instead of separately.
STEAM education brings kids and teachers together, but it also brings the approach of hands-on learning. Students are able to more easily grasp the new information at hand, instead of facing difficulties along the way. As demonstrated here at The DAE, we provide several hands-on activities, such as 3D Printing, PC Builders (PC Kano Kit), and many more.
Two classes at The DAE that exhibit hands-on learning and working together are:
Intro to 3D Printing & Laser Cutting
Ages 9-12: Learn how to design and build original objects using 3D Printers and a laser cutter, while using a free 3D design program called TinkerCAD. TinkerCAD offers students to create design models, parts, and much more originally. Students will also use Gravit and other vector design programs to create more original pieces, and even using the laser cutter to do vinyl stickers. 3D Printing & Laser Cutting is offered in-person on Saturdays, and during the week where a masterclass runs for teens. Click on the link to view the best options for your child!
PC Builders (Kano PC Kit)
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Ages 7-10: This class is the newest, and it teaches students how to build their own Windows Laptop while using the Kano PC Kit. This Kano PC is fully functional to a Windows 10 touchscreen laptop that is used for coding games, creating animation, and so much more. Students will learn about the different parts of a computer and then will build their own Kano PC that will be theirs to keep. After they’ve built their own Kano PC, they’ll begin exploring to code, animate, and use digital art. Click on the link below to learn more about our newest computer building class on Wednesdays in the Fall!
STEAM Education also encourages kid-led experiments. With these experiments, kids not only learn the valuable skills of STEAM but also important life skills. The key elements of STEM education are Critical Thinking, Logical Analysis, Injury, and Project-Based Learning. All of these elements are boosting kids’ curiosity, making learning fun, and most of all relevant and everlasting.
The article, “STEAM Education helps Students Think Critically” by Enterra Solutions explains why critical thinking helps students in STEAM. Logendra Ponniah is a member of the faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Taylor’s University in Malaysia gives his take on critical thinking among students.
As children, Science became an interest to us when we realized that inquiry and critical thinking can explain various phenomena in our environment. Since its existence, technology has been integrated into a large part of our lives and has become a tool to solve numerous real-world problems covering connectivity, trading and business, healthcare, education, and many more. Engineering teaches design thinking and systematic thinking, which make for systematic thinkers and planners who can conceive engineering design principles that are widely used in many industries. Mathematics, as a subject, should introduce to students methodical, logical teaching to enable them to see patterns that form our world.
Logical Analysis is similar to critical thinking in STEAM but gives more of an analytical approach when it comes to problem-solving and conducting experiments. All of these elements provide a project-based learning approach where students can work independently and provide the skills and research they’ve learned along the way.
STEAM Education is highly important inside and outside the classroom for a student to learn multiple ways of learning and giving a different approach to problem-solving. We all learn in different ways but STEAM education provides an easier approach for students to take their skills to the next level while working with others. STEAM programs allow for creativity and brainstorming new ideas together. Check out our Fall Schedule and we look forward to seeing you all in a session!