There are so many acronyms in education today; we may forget or not know exactly what they represent. We hear a lot about STEM and STEAM as well as PBL. Here we can explore these educational buzz words and better understand them and how they’re changing the world of academia.
Let’s start by defining STEM, which is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In the acronym STEAM, the “A” refers to Art. Special grants are given to schools to fund these programs. Most professionals who work in the STEM arena hold higher education degrees in the field so these grants are essential to students who need the educational qualifications to pursue a career in STEM.
STEM education (STEAM) is one of the current buzzwords in all levels of education. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math are the topics included in the acronym STEAM. Lessons or activities need not encompass all five areas at once.
A Classroom Garden and Science Lab is one way to include developmentally appropriate hours of learning and fun in a preschool or kindergarten classroom. This sturdy center in a cart, a six piece set, includes an Eco Lab, Garden Lab and more. The pieces can be added or subtracted depending on how you are using the center. Hands-on learning is necessary to any preschool or kindergarten curriculum. With gardening activities, students learn about plants, estimation, graphing, foods, nutrition, cooperation, ecology, and so much more.
If you heard “you are what you eat,” as you were growing up, it may have seemed like just another thing parents say. But in the past decade, it has become the basis for political movements, health initiatives, and significant changes in our education system.
Consider public schools removing soda and juice drinks laden with high-fructose corn syrup from their vending machines, school lunches increasingly featuring not just more vegetables but more local foods, and the students getting involved in how that food gets to their cafeteria.
English teachers may have props from assigned books, and history teachers may have maps and a few artifacts, but everyone remembers the snake in Mrs. Davenport’s classroom, or the frog they dissected, or the time Mr. Warren set off an explosion to make the class jump. Science teachers have the best toys, and some of the most memorable hands-on classes. However, anytime students are doing a hands-on exercise, there is the chance of someone getting hurt. Which is why safety in the science lab is so essential and worth investing in the best-quality furnishings.