Originally published in Edutopia on May 21, 2014 and updated June 16, 2015, this curated compilation contains a range of resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, that will help you strategise around different approaches to integrated studies.
Resources by Topic:
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
- STEM and Writing: A Super Combination by Heather Wolpert-Gawron (2014)Read how a quantum physicist, who was a guest speaker in a language arts classroom, inspired the imagination and writing of the middle school students.
- Learning the Physics of Skateboarding Engages Kids in Science by Bill Robertson (2014)Skate veteran and educator Robertson, also known as “Dr. Skateboard,” teaches students who might have otherwise fallen through the cracks about speed, velocity, and momentum at the local skate park. This video is part of Edutopia’s STEM Everywhere series, which explores STEM education in settings beyond the classroom walls.
- 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.
- 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 The Value of a STEM Education package 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.
- STEM Education in Edutopia’s CommunityVisit Edutopia’s community to participate in the discussion about STEM and STEAM. For a discussion specifically about STEAM, you may want to visit 7 Ways to Turn STEM into STEAM.
STEAM: STEM + Arts, Design, Humanities
- 5 Reasons Why Origami Improves Students’ Skills by Ainissa Ramirez (2015)Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science. Also from Ramirez, Creativity is the Secret Sauce in STEM highlights how to turn STEM into STEAM by incorporating creativity into the curriculum.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms by Vicki Davis (2014)From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education, writes Davis.
- How Making Robots Captivates Kids’ Imaginations by Edutopia Staff (2014)This Edutopia video shows how Quin, an eighth-grade student, uses his passion for electronics to teach fellow students about 3D printing, Arduinos, and other hands-on lessons in STEM skills. This video is part of Edutopia’s STEM Everywhere series, which explores STEM education in settings beyond the classroom walls.
- 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.
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