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STEAM spreads to subjects from Spanish to business

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

” Teaching both Spanish and STEAM at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, Penn., Rachelle Dene Poth launched the latter efforts to help students learn about emerging technology. Yet even her language students make use of her skill set, designing virtual reality experiences around vocabulary words, making use of the technology to enhance their own language learning during the last school year.” (more)

The state of K-12 makerspaces—and how to create one in your library

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“More than half of today’s students will hold jobs that don’t yet exist today, which is why it is critically important for students to develop 21st-century skills such as creativity and problem solving. STEAM learning can help schools ensure students are combining creativity with critical thinking and other key skills, and librarians are uniquely positioned to take an active role in designing STEAM programs and maker spaces.” (more)

It Takes A Village: Closing the STEAM gap requires early education

The Pittsburgh Courier – Rajoielle Register

“While teachers offer an impressionable climate for first-hand learnings and experiences, parents provide the most important impact and stimulus on a child’s early life. Early exposure to non-traditional learning environments not only creates a generation of new dreamers and thought leaders, but also provides them with an eye-opening and novel perspective on the limitless opportunities that is their future.” (more)

Play Has Indirect Benefits for STEM Ed

STEAM Universe – Joshua Bolkan

“A new report from the Toy Association aims to bring the fun into STEM education while dispelling a few myths. The report, “Decoding STEM/STEAM,” examines common myths related to STEM education, such as the idea that being good at math is an in-born quality, that students must be highly proficient in math to explore other areas of STEM, that memorization is a central part of STEM careers or that only white men are welcomed into STEM fields as professionals.” (more)

STEM VS. STEM+A [Arts]

SRQ – Jacob Ogles

“Few acronyms developed such ubiquity in the world of education as STEM. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math became the 21st-century buzzwords surrounding education in a world dominated by computers and a growing sense that Asian academia has started to surpass the United States when it came to providing young people the skills to thrive in a digital future. On the Gulf Coast alone, millions have been spent to turn most middle school classrooms into technology labs.” (more)

STEAM approach increases elementary students’ scores in science

E-School News – Linda Jacobson

“​The purpose of blending the arts with STEM is not just to make sure the arts are not left behind as schools focus on improving test scores in core subject areas. The arts give students creative ways to tackle tough concepts, help them ask better questions, and use multiple methods to solve problems, according to a blog post from Concordia University-Portland.” (more)