What is steam and why is it important
What is STEAM?
STEAM stands for the incorporating SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, and MATH into lessons so that students can foster that true innovation needed to be successful in today’s modern times. By combining these facets, educators provide opportunities for students to continue their path of being well-rounded life long learners.
Why is STEAM education important?
In recent years there has been a growing focus on the need to better prepare students for higher education and arm them with the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful innovators in a 21st century workforce. STEAM has gained popularity among educators, parents, corporations and institutions as a way to fulfill this need.
By engaging students around the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, STEAM aims to spark an interest and life long love of the arts and sciences in children from an early age. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) are similar disciplines in that all involve creative processes and none uses just one method for inquiry and investigation. Teaching relevant, in demand skills that will prepare students to become innovators in an ever evolving world is paramount, not only for the future of these students but for the future of the country.
About the Teachers
The S.T.E.A.M. for the Future class is taught by a few of Luther’s best teachers, Mrs. Jessica Schackne, Ms. Stefanie Enokian, and Mrs. Alanna Grimaldi. Both Ms. Schackne and Ms. Grimaldi have been instrumental in creating and implementing the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) curriculum for the District and they are incorporating these concepts into the learning environment for the class. Ms. Enokian, who is the Burbank Unified School District Engagement Structures Coach and National Kagan Trainer, also brings her strategies and wide spread knowledge to the classes.