STEAM in Education
STEAM Education is an approach to learning that utilizes and integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.
Students should be given the opportunity to develop their 21st Century skills; problem solving, collaborative working and following a creative process. With this knowledge, new ideas can form and students of today can become the innovators, engineers, educators, leaders, and learners of the future.
Computational thinking is an essential set of skills that can be applied to any problem through decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithms. Allowing students to understand how to approach and solve problems can help in all walks of life and into the development of future technologies.
Makeblock’s versatile continuum of STEAM solutions makes scientific, analytic, creative and design thinking skills accessible to learners through fun, problem-based activities.
Makeblock STEAM Solutions
Low floor, High ceiling, wide walls
Makeblock embraces low floor, high ceiling, wide walls as a mantra to develop a series of STEAM solutions that provides beginners with an easy way into STEAM teaching (low floor). Through to more complex STEAM solutions and topics (high ceiling). With the opportunity to explore a range of devices, topic areas and solutions (wide walls).
Standards-Aligned, Pedagogy-Focused Curriculum Resources
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Within any project the ability to methodically think through problems as they arise and use this knowledge to develop their technology and engineering skills to ensure their final solution is the best it can be.
Benefits of a STEAM curriculum or lessons are that it exposes students to the creative process involved in any creation from the design through to prototype. It gives the students the opportunities to ask thought through questions to enable their prototype to develop, discover answers as they are creating and apply what they learn all into that final prototype.
In any lessons, collaboration can be integrated but within a STEAM lesson the collaboration can be meaningful. Students are able to work in groups or pairs to develop their prototype and ask questions and discover answers together allowing a true collaboration to take place and give students the skills required for the real world.
Computational thinking is a way of approaching problems that allow a student to utilize a set of skills to ultimately solve the given problem. The four skills are:
- Decomposition – breaking a large problem down into smaller problems to focus on.
- Pattern recognition – Looking for patterns within the problem or from other problems encountered to help solve this problem.
- Abstraction – removing aspects that are not required to solve the given problem.
- Algorithms – developing the set of instructions to solve the given problem.
Giving students the opportunity to develop a project that encompasses a range of subject areas will engage and allow students to see how subjects are intertwined when looking at the bigger picture of a project solution.
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