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What is STEAM and Why Parents Should Care
By William Jackson, M.Edu
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics/Music

The world is changing, the incorporation of technology will
not stop in our society, integration of technology is changing
how we function in this world. Educational initiatives use to
train children for the future is ever progressing and creating
a transformative paradigm shift in how teachers teach even
the basics of educational foundation.

Children must be prepared for careers not even available
now and they must be able to solve complex problems that
will challenge our ability to function in an ever shifting world.
The earth is much smaller because of digital communication,
satellites that use infrared, radar and microwave technologies
to survey millions of miles of land, sonar technologies that can
“see” in the deepest of oceans and seas. The same satellites
that have their digital “eyes” aimed at deep space and even
new technology that can detect movement of animals and
intricate weather patterns. Providing accurate weather
predictions for weeks and months in advance.

All provided by the growth and integration of academic elements
being taught in schools across this country. Because technology
has advanced it is important for the engagement of tools to be
fused into educational initiatives like STEM/STEAM/STREAM/CSTREAM
and STEMsquared, they are all connected, but each has a powerful
individual effect in our world.

The goal is to engage the whole child and foster high achievement
in all areas, “as defined by STE[+a]M, which is a website created
to share information about the blending of arts and sciences. The
past error in thinking was that each of these elements were separate
and unequal. The new thinking is that STEAM creates a curriculum
that embraces all these elements which allow students to hone their
personal skills and advance in areas that are new, but just as
important. Project based learning where there is a end result that
is not based on data, but based on evidence of a finished product.

There is a new way of thinking, grounded in research on the brain
shows creativity helps students to learn. The artistic development
and the scientific techniques are complimentary than once first
 believed. The blending of these skills require students to engage
in creative, critical and higher order thinking that supports
collaborative and cooperative learning. Learning that pushes and
challenges, and brings about success that is transferable in advanced
areas of appliance and application. In a layman’s explanation, kids
are encourage to do something, given the tools and the parents
are facilitators and get out of the way.

Parents need to understand many careers are now influenced
by STEM curriculum's and should be more involved in schools
that are preparing students to be future leaders Educators, artists,
and scientists recognize the importance of blending the arts and
sciences and believe that this can lead to richer student learning.
STEAM is complimentary with 21st artistic, scientific and
technological century skills. There is much more than just teacher
centered instruction, the student must be the center of learning
and involve the “4 Cs”:

Creativity, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Communication.
So important are these elements and how instruction is performed
that the organizations of  the National Science Foundation, the
National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Department of
Education are joining to make sure current and future models
of learning properly prepare students to be the skilled laborers
this nation needs to lead in the 21st 22nd and 23rd centuries. 

William Jackson is an educator over 30 years experience.
Teaching Physical Education, STEAM/STEM/STREAM 
Past Professor with Edward Waters College teaching
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
A national and international blogger and advocate
for WordCamp as a blogger, volunteer, speaker and 
organizer.
 
Hashtag #MyQuestToTeach

 
Posted By: William Jackson
Wednesday, November 14th 2018 at 7:06PM
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