STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education is growing in awareness throughout the academic community results in students take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. STEAM has brought education at a point where it is not only possible, but imperative that students are facilitated with learning environments that are fluid, dynamic, and relevant. Students are finding a passion for careers in crucial fields that they would not have discovered if it weren’t for STEAM programs.
There are a whole lot of possibilities out there to learn about the world’s intricate tapestry. Agency for STEAM field trips, Fantastic Tours & Travel, shares five powerful benefits of being involved in disruptive STEAM programs.
- Builds problem-solving and creativity skills – STEAM challenges students for most important and foundational principles to lie in inquiry, critical thinking, and process-based learning to solve problems, while also encouraging them to be creative in the solutions they come up with. The balance of creativity and problem-solving skills ensures that there is no challenge a student can’t overcome.
- Encourages students to try new things – Trying new things helps to vanquish fear of the unknown. A lot of STEAM programs require risk-taking and experimentation that encourages students to try new things, they might find a passion, a future career, or a talent they didn’t know they had.
- Builds teamwork, cooperation, and leadership skills – Through STEAM students get a chance to reflect on the feedback that was shared and on their own process and skills. STEAM programs help students to work together to solve common challenges, often through multiple different channels. This is an excellent practice for real-world situations that students desperate to encounter in the workplace. It also helps students to determine their leadership and teamwork style to produce better solutions and growing in confidence along the way.
- Encourages the application of knowledge – STEAM not only focuses on the “what,” but also the “how.” After diving deep into a problem and analyze current solutions students begin to create their own solution or composition to the problem. Students learn what types of tools and skills they need to solve a challenge, and how to apply those tools and skills to future challenges.
- Helps students to adapt new things – As the world is changing at a rapid pace adapting new things become the heart of the STEAM approach. Students need to be able to take what they know from experience and apply it to unprecedented tasks. Being able to adapt to any situation is a great life skill that many students will find themselves needing in the future.
STEAM programs are essential to not only developing students’ intellects but in shaping them into all-around successful individuals. Encouraging a love of STEAM in the classroom and in student travel not only shapes the future for one student, but it can also truly impact the world through their contributions.