Original Article on Edutopia
“Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, this curated compilation will help you strategize around different approaches to integrated studies.”
Resources by Topic:
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
- Ownership and Agency Will Propel STEM Learning, by Matt Levinson (2014)
Levinson presents evidence — from disappointing math and science assessment scores to Steve Wozniak’s groundbreaking creativity — that the best way forward in STEM learning is by letting students lead.
- Five Ways to Get Girls into STEM, by Karen Purcell (2013)
Engineering consultant Purcell stresses the importance of capturing young girls’ interest in STEM subjects and career paths, offering five strategies to make this happen. For more on this topic, be sure to check out VideoAmy’s “Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos to Encourage Girls in STEM.”
- How Making Robots Captivates Kids’ Imaginations, by Edutopia Staff (2013)
Building robots inspires such passion in high school seniors Violet and Kjersti that they’ve begun mentoring younger robotics teams to teach STEM skills — and save their school’s robotics program.
- Research-Based Practices for Engaging Students in STEM Learning, by Vanessa Vega (2012)
Innovative and effective practices at Cleveland’s MC2 STEM High School are driving learning and higher achievement for students in a district where every student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals. Read about what the research says, and then check out the infographic from this package, “The Value of a STEM Education,” for more information about why STEM education matters.
- Green STEM Initiatives Spark Innovative Learning, by Suzie Boss (2013)
Boss explores how to encourage more high-energy, cross-disciplinary thinking among today’s students.
- Khan Academy’s Discovery Lab: Summer Camp Where STEM Meets PBL, by Minli Virdone (2012)
Virdone describes Khan Academy’s Discovery Lab summer camp, where, among other hands-on projects, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders learn by reverse-engineering common household objects.
- STEM Education in Edutopia’s Community
Visit Edutopia’s community to participate in the discussion about STEM and STEAM. To participate in a discussion specifically about STEAM, you may want to visit “7 Ways to Turn STEM into STEAM.”
STEAM: STEM + Arts, Design, Humanities
- PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit, by Andrew Miller (2014)
Miller looks at the enhanced possibilities of using 21st-century skills to engage students with real-world challenges through combining the pedagogical model of PBL with the rich content area of STEAM.
- Pivot Point: At the Crossroads of STEM, STEAM, and Arts Integration, by Susan Riley (2013)
Riley, an arts integration specialist, explains that arts-integration programs aren’t the same as turning STEM programs into STEAM, but that interdisciplinary approaches can be pivot points across multiple content areas.
- Creativity is the Secret Sauce in STEM, by Ainissa Ramirez (2013)
Science evangelist Ramirez turns STEM into STEAM through the amazing, artistic secret sauce of creativity.
- STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Strong Economy, by John Maeda (2012)
Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, makes a convincing case for adding art to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum — and turning STEM into STEAM.
- Humanities in the Twenty-First Century, by Bill Smoot (2011)
The humanities teach students critical thinking and historical perspective, two crucial skills for success in our ever-accelerating future.
- Connecting STEM and Arts (TEAMS) to Spur U.S. Innovation, by Jim Brazell (2010)
Brazell writes about the need for the arts in STEM subjects — or TEAMS, a variant of STEAM — in this five-part series.
STEAM and Maker Education
- Dive into the Maker Movement, by Adam Provost (2013)
Provost visits the Fab Lab at NYC’s Marymount School for a view from the front lines of the Maker movement.
- Computers and Fabrication: Revolutionizing the Art World, by Mary Beth Hertz (2013)
Hertz opens our eyes to the evolving world of art and explains how creativity, now more than ever, holds an important place in our children’s education.
- Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning, by Stephanie West-Puckett (2013)
West-Puckett reflects on the idea that, by integrating Maker culture into curriculum, we are transforming how learning happens in our schools.
- Five-Minute Film Festival: DIY Education at the Maker Faire, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2012)
Teachers who love hands-on learning and the DIY movement are a match made in heaven — and nowhere is this better represented than the Maker Faire. VideoAmy has curated this collection of videos to help you explore the event and the culture that has grown around it.
- Engaging Students in the STEM Classroom Through “Making,” by AnnMarie Thomas (2012)
Thomas, an engineering professor and former executive director of the Maker Education Initiative, describes how the Maker Movement is engaging STEM students in new ways.