STEM education refers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts and there are many easy ways to support it at home.
Here is a fun activity to introduce the A to STEM with your child at home!
Have your child draw a concept. Creating images is essential to scientific thinking. Scientists do not use words only but rely on diagrams, graphs, videos, photographs, and other images when making discoveries and sharing their findings.
Some ideas to get you started:
1) How to make a sandwich.
2) How to get to school.
3) Go on a scavenger hunt. Have kids sort their findings and journal with words and pictures why they sorted it that way.
4) Have a water balloon fight. But first have your kids create the rules for this game. Have them think about the boundaries in the yard. Where can you hide? Where can’t you hide? Have them map it out.
5) Make a flipbook of your day.
Just one word of caution, though. Art is often touted as a method of adding creativity to STEM—but keep in mind that engineers are rarely lacking for creativity and ingenuity. Just look at the world around you for proof. The purpose of STEAM should not be so much to teach art but to apply art in real situations. Applied knowledge leads to deeper learning.
Have fun and let us know how your STEAM projects went!