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21st Century STEAM Learning

4 c graphicIn all our early education programs, we teach a curriculum founded on the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics, into every learning experience. We want our little learners to develop and grow so they can navigate the world successfully. That’s why we use STEAM to build and teach 21st century skills (the 4 Cs):

  • Creativity: Innovation and personal expression
  • Collaboration: Working with and leading others to solve problems
  • Critical Thinking: Ability to gather, analyze, and interpret information and solve problems
  • Communication: Listening, presenting, public speaking

Because young children learn best through active participation, all these concepts and skills are learned through exploration, investigation, play, and focused intentional teaching. By making connections between diverse skills and concepts across learning domains, we support children in becoming critical thinkers, problem-solvers, and innovators.

STEAM in Action

We all know the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk. With STEAM, this familiar tale can truly come to life through a variety of learning experiences and discussions.

  • Read or tell the story. Offer critical thinking questions, such as, “Why do you think that happened?” (Language Arts)
  • Introduce the concept of seeds and how plants grow. (Science)
  • In small groups, work together to design and build a classroom garden. (Visual Arts/Engineering)
  • Use a variety of tools and materials to create and maintain the garden. (Technology)
  • Provide children with seeds, including beans, to plant and observe how they grow. (Science)
  • Measure and chart plant growth and compare the results. (Math)
  • Discuss and hypothesize ways to promote plant growth. (Science)
  • Create a new collaborative version of the story, using the children’s ideas. It can be written and illustrated on a tablet. (Language and Visual Arts/Technology)

What is STEAM?

To put it simply, STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics.

This educational philosophy brings the arts and sciences to every part of the classroom, in addition to lessons and daily routines. This integration of academic skills and practical application makes learning meaningful to children’s everyday lives and empowers them to consider what they’re learning in a more holistic way.

STEAM: Science

Empowering curious minds. Children develop crucial scientific process skills like observation, questioning, learning, comparing, and predicting through important experiments and experiences with their natural world and the living and non-living things that inhabit it.

STEAM: Technology

Learning to use tools (digital and otherwise). As 21st century learners, children must build the technological know-how to thrive in a fast-paced world. Age-appropriate smart devices and apps are used to bolster daily learning.

STEAM: Engineering

Exercising problem-solving skills. Through design, construction, and testing of their own creations (like robots, for example), children grow as makers and thinkers.

STEAM: The Arts

Where ideas are expressed and communicated. Children develop positive forms of collaboration, communication, and self-expression skills through creative exercises in language arts, visual arts, dramatic arts, and musical arts.

STEAM: Mathematics

Applying logic and understanding to systems. Hands-on, engrossing math experiences are supported by a bevy of resources (like natural materials) in an effort to help children grow in mathematic process areas like problem-solving, measuring, and reasoning.

How Does STEAM Work?

We all know the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk. With STEAM, this familiar tale can truly come to life through a variety of learning experiences and discussions.

See STEAM in Action

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