STEAM, formally known as STEM, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. STEM learning has been emphasized by learning institutions, NASA, and even former presidents since the 1950’s. The informal curriculum was first referred to as STEM because it was dedicated to educating kids about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This emphasis started in order to support the ever growing need for workers in those fields.
The U.S. has been and still is trying to encourage young people to take more interest in STEM fields because of the shift that our global economy is taking toward the STEM subjects. Even recent studies have found that there is still much work to do by parents and educators because of the continued disinterest that children have in these fields. Currently, only a small percentage of kids entering into college plan to seek out a career in a STEM field.
In addition to science, technology, math, and engineering, the curriculum was recently altered in order to include art and design to encourage innovation in those fields. In most STEAM activities for kids, the art and design are integrated into the STEM subjects in order to encourage even more innovation and critical thinking during the projects.
If you want to get your child started on STEAM learning activities, they don’t have to be confined to the classroom. Parents can practice stimulating STEAM activities with simple projects that are made with common household products such as toothpicks and tin foil. Over the summer it is important to continue the stimulation of STEAM thought of children in order to keep up the problem-solving thinking. For that reason, we have rounded up some STEAM activities on Pinterest that kids can do at home.