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4 Benefits of STEAM Education Every Parent Should Know

What is STEAM education? And what makes STEAM programmes different from STEM?

Why is STEAM education so important

You've heard of STEM, but do you know what is STEAM?

Arts Integration Specialist Susan Riley describes STEAM as an educational approach to learning.

Compared to STEM, which doesn't include the arts, STEAM uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. It can be considered an extension of STEM.

A STEAM-based programme, such as the one offered to students at the Swiss International Scientific School Dubai, applies math, science, and technology content to solve real-world problems through hands-on learning activities and creative design.

In this article, we will cover four of the biggest benefits of studying STEAM programmes at school for students.

1. STEAM builds students' creative thinking and expression

One of the major benefits of a STEAM education is that students learn to think outside of the box.

Science, maths, and technology typically has fixed, correct answers. There are no wrong answers in art. STEAM programmes helps foster students' creativity and not inhibit application of their ideas.

In STEAM, failure is not negative, but framed as part of the learning process.

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Open-mindedness and inquiry are two of the learner attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme that the Swiss International Scientific School Dubai teaches. And a STEAM education fosters this.

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Depending on access to materials, tools, or curriculum standards, students drive questions and generate goals, decisions, and solutions. When STEAM students use their creativity, they approach tasks differently. They learn to use a variety of thought processes and skills in the classroom. This, in turn, also benefit them in everyday life.

Learning approaches grounded in art, drama, and creative writing give students hands-on training in delivering a message with confidence. It allows them to hone the communicator learner attribute of the IB programme.

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2. STEAM encourages hands-on and collaborative learning

With a STEAM education, students control their own investigations and learning is solution-based, focusing on the process, which drives innovation.

Besides understanding the ways science, math, the arts, and technology work together, STEAM classrooms are collaborative—and very active! Curriculum is taught using multiple access points and students work together to learn new information. They also share responsibility, and compromise when working on group projects across various disciplines.

Artistic and design methods allow students to fulfill their creative potential through STEAM projects. While learning to tackle challenges, students create and build prototypes, tinker, test, and re-test their designs. This collaborative teaching approach gives students different learning styles and opportunities to take in knowledge the way they prefer.

Some schools may offer unique collaborations with post-secondary institutions or clubs. They may include in-school challenges focusing on integrating STEAM disciplines, including bioengineering, computer coding, and robotics, additionally providing students with more opportunities to learn from researchers at some of the world’s leading STEAM institutions.

3. STEAM helps students gain confidence

Another major benefit of a STEAM programme is that it helps students build self-confidence.

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The creative expression provided by the arts in STEAM, combined with learning science, mathematics and technology, allows students to tackle tough subjects with self-assurance.

The results of a Confidence in Learning Poll in 2019 involving over 5000 students revealed more than half the students said hands-on learning made them more confident in STEAM. Almost 100 percent of over 1000 teachers surveyed stated they believe hands-on learning builds student confidence.

4. STEAM fosters curiousity about social issues and motivates students to be future changemakers.

STEAM-based classrooms prepare students for careers in STEAM fields, and are all about solving real-world problems. STEAM teaches the power of observation, of both people and one’s surroundings.

Principle is another learner attribute of the IB programme the Swiss International Scientific School teaches, which encourages students to act with integrity, honesty, and a sense of fairness, justice and respect for individuals, groups and communities. Students take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

By integrating multiple subjects, a STEAM approach allows students to see the intersections between current world issues and disciplines, and feel more equipped to tackle their solutions.

If students can address real problems in their social and environmental context, they can eventually make the connections between STEAM knowledge and their impacts on everyday life.

In a world where misinformation runs rampant, learning both technical and artistic skills teaches students to approach new situations with a positive attitude and solve problems creatively using a variety of methods. This will benefit them greatly as they tackle challenges in the real world.

STEAM is especially beneficial in a child’s early educational years. All of the Swiss International Scientific School students in the non-bilingual stream follow an enhanced STEAM-based curriculum from KG1 to Grade 5.

For more information about STEAM programmes, contact SISD's team at [email protected]

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