Full Steam Ahead
STEM or STEAM have received much publicity over the last little while and rightly so. Research continues to show that many of the world’s career options for graduates involve elements of STEM or STEAM.
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, are such important areas of student learning. The combination is such traditional subject areas, in effect, create a transdisciplinary approach to learning. These integrated subject areas allow students to solve real world problems, while increasing in knowledge, understanding and skill level. STEM or STEAM is something schools must embrace.
At St Peter’s, this is a natural fit with the PYP. A combination of areas allows the natural transdisciplinary approach for students to grow, be challenged and solve complex issues. These very skills are the desire of employers and universities who are seeking students and employees who have these abilities.
Our Programme of Inquiry is developing throughout this year. Units of Inquiry are being designed with STEAM in mind. Further options outside of the classroom are also being investigated at present. From 2018, a STEAM club will operate in a similar vein to our Robotics Clubs. As we continue to review and develop our Programme of Inquiry, in line with NESA requirements, we aim to encourage our students to build skills and capacity in this vital area. It is something we are committed to perusing, full steam ahead.