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Emma, Preston | January 2, 2019

What is STEAM? You may have heard and seen this word around, but what does it mean? And why is it important?

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. The Education Closet defines STEAM as “an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!

As you can see, STEAM helps develop important skills for adulthood and is increasingly taught in the classroom, but it’s never too early to start! Early childhood education programs (such as those offered at Idea Exchange) always incorporate STEAM learning and activities. You’ve probably used STEAM with your child without even realizing it!

  • Mixed together paint colours? That’s Science!
  • Noticed a pattern or created your own? Patterns are one of the fundamentals of coding – that’s Technology!
  • Built a tower of blocks? That’s Engineering!
  • Coloured a picture? That’s Art!
  • Sang ‘5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed’ or another fingerplay with numbers? That’s Math!

Want to have more fun with STEAM? Check out these resources!