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It seems like STEM or now STEAM is the big thing now. I see lots of engineering type activities, such as building a bridge with yarn and cups to hold up blocks, or the spaghetti challenge, but I'm having trouble understanding how these types of engineering challenges are considered STEAM? How is an engineering challenge, labeled as STEAM, combining science, technology, arts, and math? I only really see engineering.
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I think the "movement" started as a way to combat the cuts of each of these areas within education. It seemed for several years the big push was reading, reading, reading. Everything else was cut or pushed out completely in some schools. The big push for STEM/STEAM began shortly after all the cuts. Not every idea involves every element, with technology seeming to be the forgotten one in primary grades. However, with building a bridge a student has to make mathematical judgments even if they aren't actually using numbers to figure things out. Building in itself is a form of art. Science skills are developed through the understanding of weight, gravity, and so on. If a child uses an app or program to first design then they would be including technology, but like I mentioned above, often the T is the forgotten portion. I know my STEM bins don't really include technology.

STEM/STEAM projects really help students struggle with ideas and figure out how to adjust when what they are attempting fails. It helps build analytical/problem solving skills. Plus it helps build confidence when they are successful and provides a challenge they wouldn't normally receive to help them apply their current level of knowledge.
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We are working hard to bring the process together with slightly more involved challenges than the spaghetti type, where they work on preplanning, redoing, and adding a writing element to it. I am working on some ideas in our STEM classes to integrate more relative and engaging tech elements, too.

It isn't easy to bring it all together and not make something small into a major ordeal.
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Go on youtube and type in Seesaw and STEM, there are great ideas on there. Also go on pinterest and type in STEM, there are great ideas there too.
Another resource EIE.org
Teacherpayteachers.org (STEM)

All of these are great places to start.


It all starts with the engineering design process,
ask, imagine, plan, create and improve

Think of a lesson or unit that you could do this with. How can they ask questions about a problem (write it down), what are they imagining will happen and how it will happen, plan it out, create it and improve on it to make it better. Think like an engineer.

The things you started with are called tower power and it's just to get them started in the process but the actual design process solves a problem. All things that solve a problem is technology

For example:
How does a pen solve a problem?
How does glue stick solve a problem?
Both of these are technologies!
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I didn't ask the question about Steam but I thank you all for the information because I didn't understand it neither.


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STEM/STEAM projects really help students struggle with ideas and figure out how to adjust when what they are attempting fails. It helps build analytical/problem solving skills. Plus it helps build confidence when they are successful and provides a challenge they wouldn't normally receive to help them apply their current level of knowledge.
This! These engineering activities give kids a chance to practice persistence and problem solving, which are absolutely key skills in science and math. They also generally work in teams, which practices the sort of communication skills useful in taking advantage of today's cooperative technologies.
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If a child uses an app or program to first design then they would be including technology, but like I mentioned above, often the T is the forgotten portion. I know my STEM bins don't really include technology.
Technology isnít just computers. Technology is the practical application of knowledge to solve a problem or accomplish a task. It goes hand in hand with engineering, which is the design process.

Engineering is designing the solution; technology is carrying it out.
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