Frequently, educators greet me by announcing, “I’m from a S.T.E.M. school.” I can’t help but wonder what they mean. Did their school not teach math or science last year? Engineering is the only obvious addition to the K-12 curriculum over the past forty years. Since acronyms stop for no man, many schools now seem concerned with S.T.E.A.M.
S.T.E.A.M. must be more than the rhetorical smushing together of neglected, feared, or misunderstood disciplines by virtue of a trendy acronym.
If your school is serious about S.T.E.A.M. learning, it should send teachers to Constructing Modern Knowledge, a professional learning adventure that is the gold standard for steam teaching and learning. At its best, S.T.E.A.M. education shares the following principles embodied by Constructing Modern Knowledge.
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