STEAM is an acronym for "Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics".
The ideal of emphasizing these science, technology, engineering, the arts and math in delivering the curriculum has been driven by the business community with the goal of preparing a competitive workforce. Every job, even the ones you wouldn’t expect, will require at least basic STEAM skills. STEAM skills are vital for success in the 21st century and critical to our collective future.
STEAM education provides the underpinnings for every child to be successful in college, work and life. Thus, the goal of STEAM at Estudillo goes beyond these 5 subjects and encourages interdisciplinary learning, where lessons incorporate concepts or skills from more than one subject. We embrace a "STEAM culture", where teachers from all grade levels and disciplines can inspire students to use specific skills and processes to explore what they learn more deeply, solve problems in innovative ways and create new things. Our students are problem solvers, innovators, inventors and logical thinkers.
FINDING NEW WAYS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS
Many STEAM concepts help students organize an approach to a challenge.
For example, the Engineering Design Process has five steps:
1. Ask: Ask questions to define the problem.
2. Imagine: Brainstorm solutions.
3. Plan: Sketch ideas and determine needs.
4. Make: Create and test a prototype.
5. Improve: Find ways to make the design better.
The Engineering Design Process is a way professionals in the field organize their thinking and create new products – and it’s also at the core of the technology education curriculum as Estudillo.
Our Collaboratory offers students the opportunity to apply the Engineering Design Process to generate ideas, look at things from multiple perspectives, explore those ideas, create something and improve on what they have created.
Our Collaboratory also offers The Four Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking) fit into the STEAM culture by helping students become more engaged in their lessons, work together more effectively and approach challenges in ways that reflect the modern workplace.