STEAM curriculum is an integrative approach to teaching and learning. This model combines Science, Technology, Engineering concepts, Art and Mathematics to create an opportunity for students to use multiple ‘tools’ instead of focusing on one academic content area at a time.
In STEAM education, students don’t just access the specific academic content areas, but they are learning and being assessed on each subject area within one integrative project, problem or challenge. Often in schools these individual academic subject areas are taught in ‘silos’, and not combined.
In the real world, multiple academic areas are used together to solve authentic problems. STEAM gives the students and teachers the opportunity to access and use these skills in a more authentic application and fosters critical thinking, innovation and creativity. STEAM helps us to prepare students for the careers and challenges of the future.