STEAM! (Add the Arts)

February 06, 2014

Posted By: Shaunescy

As a mom to both a boy and a girl, I think about balance in education. I think about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education for both of them.

My son has this covered. He is passionate about all 4 at the tender age of 7. But it always lingers in the back of my mind that I want to be a good supporter of these topics for my daughter as well. The tiny heart pirate, my nearly 5 year old girly-girl, dress-up lovin', tiara wearing, ballet dancing flirt of a girl. sigh.

Then last night when she was in her post bath time motor mouth prone speechifying session, she was going on and on about how she was going to be the first person to make mermaid robots, so she could share the wonder of mermaids to the rest of the world. And I imagined a wonderful worldwide tech-prank-hoax involving AI mermaids. Soon to be known as mermAI.

I guess there is room for both fanciful fantasy and science. And in fact, maybe they do go hand in hand.

I spent some time last night researching STEAM education and I am happy to say that there are a lot of innovative educators out there looking to inspire.

Check out this inspiring and engaging activity that does just that. Click on the picture to read about some hands on creative problem solving! A recently certified teacher leads a workshop that asks the teachers to package a single potato chip for mailing. The challenge was to make sure the delicate edible would arrive at its final destination in one piece.

What inspires you in education today? Other than the fact that all of our kids in Montana go to school when it's -33F.

Even better, Tell me about teachers you know who are doing it right.


All my best, BunnyFufu ~ The Housewife

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