STEM Vs STEAM
STEM deals with the concept of Science, technology, engineering, and math. These are the main focal point in every schools. But when it comes to STEAM, it also deals with concepts of STEM with which Art is added (STEM + Art = STEAM). The main vision of this is to add a component art along with science, math, and technology. But this led to many controversies and debates. Let’s have a clear look on both and how they both measure up.
At this 21st-century, there is a great need for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) concepts to be collaborated with the arts (STEAM) along with the huge curriculum.
People working in both the curriculum, they see the students under STEAM create a possible connection between the given concepts, relate them with solving problems skills and do it in a new and exciting ways.
What’s the difference?
STEM is a concept that includes science, technology, engineering and maths. Whereas, “STEAM” includes STEM concept along with that it also adds the arts – humanities, language arts, dance, drama, music, visual arts, design and new media.
If you want b to know the main difference in these two topics is, STEM is more focused on scientific concepts. But STEAM also covers the same topics but it carry out these by different ways like problem-based learning methods which is done with creative process.
How this is possible? This will be your next question. Here are a set of learners who work together to develop a visually appealing product which is actually based on the STEM concept along with arts. To be clear it’s like creating a fine art imagery with the mathematics of the parabola.
As a known fact, STEAM is not a new concept, but its not yet reached people. Popular People like Leonardo Da Vinci have described the importance of collaborating science and art to make discoveries.
Why is STEAM important?
In this 21st-century, student should be provided with lot of new opportunities to learn creatively along with problem solving skills. This is provided by the STEAM education in schools. The main importance why a student should possess these skills for the future is clearly highlighted by Gonski 2.0 and the Australian Curriculum. For the growing student, they should understand the essential need of “what if” along with problem solving skills are some of the general capabilities that are required for the real life.
STEAM make an important point of 22nd century skills which includes – connection, care, community and culture.
STEM Vs STEAM?
In past few days, there is an emerging argument between STEM vs STEAM supporters. The argument goes like STEM supporters say that there should be a clear difference between science and arts. This will prevent to move out of focus from core subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math. But when it comes to STEAM supporters argument, they say its not spending more time in arts and less time on core subjects, but it’s good that if we incorporate the art in the core subjects so that students enjoy learning.