Gone are the days of educating every child the same way.
We know that every brain works differently. As parents, we should encourage children and young adults to embrace this difference in order to become well-rounded adults. There is more to becoming a stand-out student than acing exams and this is where STEM, STEAM and STREAM come in. Each focuses on different subject areas (as you will see below) that can appeal to anyone and encourage everyone.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
STEM is an educational curriculum that combines science, technology, engineering and math. Instead of teaching each of these subjects individually, it incorporates all of these elements into every project or lesson. Bridge building, rocket launching, computer programming and 3D printing are all common projects—the possibilities are bountiful. STEM also assists in child development through fueling creativity when it comes to finding solutions and sharpening critical thinking and problem solving skills used in every part of our lives.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math
STEAM includes the same subject areas as STEM, but with “art” added into the mix. Adding this subject opens a window to students who have not been “confirmed” by the school system through a perfect test score and encourages creative thinking. STEAM enables students to engage in problem-solving through asking thoughtful questions, discovering the answers and applying what they learn to hands-on activities.
Science, Technology, Reading/W(R)iting, Art, Math
STREAM combines everything from STEM and STEAM, but incorporates reading and writing. But, this is not your everyday textbook reading. Through STREAM, students read materials that align with concepts they are working with. Writing helps students place those concepts into context and makes the project or lesson come alive.
With so many different acronyms (and more on the rise), finding a program that’s the right fit for your child can seem overwhelming. However, though the definition of each program remains the same, the impact of the program will be determined by the school you choose.
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