Going through some readings, the term STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is a product of No Child Left Behind had been around since 2004 and started to grow in the United States in 2006.
The Americans found out that their students were not prepared for the high-tech jobs of the future.
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) was the original acronym that grew into STEAM by adding an A for Art.
Science is the study of the physical and natural world. Science is observing, questioning, making predictions, experimenting, and sharing what they’ve learned.
Technology is anything created by humans to meet a need or want that makes life easier. When children create a product that solves a problem that is technology.
Engineering is the design process used to solve problems and build things.
Art is activities children use tools to create a unique design. A also stands for “Language Arts.” Oral language, reading, and writing are integrated throughout the learning process.
Math includes numbers, shapes, quantities, operations, and measurement.
Georgette Yakman developed STEAM; science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics. This allows students to gain in technical skill but use creative ingenuity; thus STEM became STEAM.
Georgette took the inclusion of the arts and expanded on how it relates to the other STEM subjects. Her well-know quote is “Science and technology, interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in elements of mathematics.” This is a rich beginning to our dive into the 21st century job market.
Both STEM and STEAM goals is outcome-based that is to become part of the workforce in one of the specified skill areas and become a responsible member of society.
Then enters SEA; science, economics, and arts. The focus for SEA is not to become part of the workforce, but to create the workforce.
Whatever acronym you use, STEAM emphasizes an integrated lesson that is project-based and shows children how school is integrated with their lives.
Some educators have added an R (STREAM) to represent Reading, while others suggest incorporating Language Arts with the A.
Science educators realize that the skills required by innovative STEM professionals include arts and crafts thinking. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) also realize that adding the Arts to STEM is not enough. Thinking skills embodied in Reading and wRiting need to be added and thus STEAM may condense into a STREAM.
Thus from STEM to STEAM and now STREAM that is science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math. This movement recognizes that reading (and wRiting) is foundational to all subjects and necessary in all fields of study and career.
To be prepared for the 21st century high-tech jobs, you will need to read, and read a lot. Students of today, who are being prepared for the unknown jobs of tomorrow need to be fluent in all of the core subjects.
Reading must always be in the mind of every educator. Teachers and educators must emphasis the critical importance of putting the skills of reading and writing first. It is our fundamental means of communication.
Writing, like any other art, teaches the entire range of "tools for thinking" that are required to be creative in any discipline.
W’R’iting isn't just working with words. W’R’iting enables mastery of creative process. W’R’iting are translation of facts, feelings, impressions, images and emotions into words requires the same imaginative skills as creative activity in other fields.
These acronyms are now seen everywhere especially in the educational materials, I am now confused but what about you?
So if we want to train innovative and successful scientists, technologist or whoever, I think we need to instill and teach them to love and cherish reading and writing.
But records show we are only picking up on readings, and also picking up on writings (a good sign indeed but still far away to meet the standards). Again the need of funding especially to teachers and educators to write and train them to teach writing effectively.
Writing provides all students a primary entrée into learning how to learn and how to imagine and create.
STEM, STEAM, STREAM, and even SEA have been taught for years in the western countries and we are still on STEM.
Any names of titles given, don’t let the names fool or confuse you, and just keep teaching the good stuff that you have been teaching this far.
Not everyone especially the children will be scientists, technologist, engineers or actuarists. As teachers and educators, just ensure to assist them to prepare them for their unknown future by just teaching them well and encouraging their areas of interest.
Education should prepare young people for life, work and citizenship. The true purpose of education should be to create and build up minds, not careers.
Thus, we really need to look at the STEM, STEAM and STREAM issues brought up, whether we need to go along or not. We need to look at the reading and writing of Malaysians as a whole. There are times when we need to say ‘no’ to what others tell us.
Though transforming STEM into STEAM will energize the sciences, and innovating STEAM to STREAM will produce the very strongest currents of creativity. We all have so much to learn from each other, let's integrate our most vital disciplines, not burdening ourselves by following other.
I heard there’s another concept of ‘R’ that is ‘religion’ integrated into STREAM, so aren’t you into a state of shock!
STREAM is a framework for creative teaching that enables teachers to focus in an interdisciplinary way on Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM), while integrating the Arts (STEAM), and allowing ‘wRiting and ‘Reading’ to flow throughout the daily routine (STREAM).
Since it is not another educational modules, educators can proposed or fuses the greater part of the essential components of STEM and STEAM while joining real "religious" teaching as a characteristic and key component in a guidelines based, exploratory, and request based learning condition.
Consolidating 'religious studies' enables every student to investigate the history, conventions, and fundamentals of our faith as a necessary and intertwined some portion of their main curriculum. In 'religion', the new STREAM tends to the entire student. It has a living and advancing educational programs structure that builds up a youngster's valuation for God as the creator and motivation of each territory of learning.
From STEM (the art of circuits and the building of this venture), to STEAM (for this situation, making individuals from mixture), to STREAM (the venture is a visual for kids about associating with God and to each other), the training of the entire youngster is a dynamic procedure from which the majority of our school kids can profit.