STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. This hands-on curriculum helps little learners explore real life projects using fun activities and gives them the opportunity to gain critical skills. While some children might be too young to grasp such big topics, they can start to build a foundation by simply learning through play.
What kind of skills do children learn?
- Investigating and answering questions
- Using simple tools such as crayons and rulers, sometimes microscopes
- Recognizing problems and finding solutions
- Encouraging creativity
- Practicing numbers, working with patterns and shapes
Why is STEAM Important?
Skills in science, technology, and math are becoming more and more important for girls and boys in the future job market. As parents and early educators, our job is to prepare our children for the career options they’ll have in 20 years.
How can I use STEAM at home?
You and your family can practice STEAM concepts at home in many easy ways!
- Begin questions with, “Why do you think…?” to encourage critical thinking
- Talk about the weather and how they know the seasons are changing (leaves change color, it feels cold/hot, etc.)
- When at a grocery store or outdoor Farmer’s market, ask where the fruits and vegetables come from
- Save recyclable materials for art projects at home, such as egg cartons, cardboard, magazines, etc.