As an art teacher, I’ve always been a fan of integrating arrt into STEAM activities. That said, not everyone else feels the same way. What I enjoyed about this article was the way in which it presents STEM and STEAM in light of a well-rounded education and introducing the arts into other curricular areas.
You finally got the hang of STEM lesson planning, and now we have to add in art? I know it’s not easy for everyone. This resource provides insightful ways (that also happen to be easy) to turn STEM into STEAM.
What a think piece when it comes to starting out with STEAM. I know that starting a STEAM education program can be overwhelming. I love that this video focuses on the teachers, parents, and administrators, and not the technical aspects of the curriculum (i.e., the expensive, new technology). The fact that the video equates STEAM education with a platform that’s needed for exploration, and not fancy lessons, is so essential.
This is such a master list of STEAM activities! I love the creativity, bold colors, and imagination that the projects require. Having so many options at hand is so helpful when it comes to picking and choosing which ones are right for your students (when it comes to what topics you’re focusing on, grade-level and interests).
This video presents two different lessons that focus on STEAM. I love that an arts educator is narrating and explaining the concepts. The lessons are easy to follow, completely clear and really pull in the STEAM concepts. The first activity, pendulum painting, is such a creative way to mix STEM with art. I’ve done this one before but have always found it tricky to explain in only the written word. Having a video reference makes it so much easier to understand!
Putting STEM in the context of STEAM, and giving the reasons why it works, is what really caught my eye in this article. I was struck by the intro and the idea of learning to think like an artist – as it applies to other areas (such as STEM).
I love that this resource is librarian-created. Including books, media, and simple activities makes this a perfect little helper for kindergarten teachers. I can also see how teachers of slightly older student could use the ideas to extend learning, or as a basis for creating their own STEAM activities in the classroom.
Combining content areas is something I’ve always enjoyed – especially when it comes to art. This video does just that, and with the life sciences! I found that the clips of real students learning brings the concepts onto a more authentic level. We can see how the ideas play out, if the lessons work, and how the children act/react to the activities.