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      • Splat 3D (Design Nuts Pty Ltd)
        April 14, 2021 at 4:36 pm #18091
        The Networking Lounge | STEM Education

        STEM vs STEAM

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        Kylie Burrett
        Nuts and Bolts

        • Splat 3D (Design Nuts Pty Ltd)
          April 19, 2021 at 10:34 am #18493

          Hi Everyone,

          I am all about STEM and STEAM, to me it’s really just ‘life’. When our students leave school they don’t do STEM or STEAM they do ‘life’. Life is creative and complex and ever changing. The more we integrate and provide hands-on learning experiences for our students the better they will ultimately thrive now and in the future.

          I can’t wait to hear your thought on this topic. Do you have a preferred approach?

          Many thanks, Kylie

              April 20, 2021 at 8:33 am #18558

              Love all and any efforts to get kids focusing on real world and exploring for themselves 🙂

                • Splat 3D (Design Nuts Pty Ltd)
                  April 20, 2021 at 10:09 am #18560

                  Thanks Jonathan. Absolutely. I think creating these authentic links and a constructionist approach to learning is super powerful. I also have a personal interest in gifted education where this type of approach is particularly effective. Now we just need to get better at recognising diverse talent. 😉

                April 19, 2021 at 12:10 pm #18501

                I think the distinction between STEM and STEAM is a blurry one that often gets misconstrued. The inclusion of arts is sometimes considered as a “we’re all underfunded, so lets get funding for STEM and the arts” but that, to me, is a bit of a trap in terms of the objective of grouping STEM under a banner.

                The way I’ve approached the arts in STEAM is about how a problem might be considered, and how solutions often need to be reflective of more than a simple yes or no answer. It helps to engage students with the reality that even in science it’s open to interpretation and requires communication.

                  • Splat 3D (Design Nuts Pty Ltd)
                    April 19, 2021 at 2:35 pm #18514

                    Thanks Mike. Funding and the mechanisms around accessing resources is a huge issue. It can also mean that a project is short lived which is also less than ideal.

                  • Russell Cairns
                    April 19, 2021 at 12:50 pm #18505

                    I think what Kylie is trying to discuss is the inclusion of visual arts and CAPA in Science and Tech lessons by providing great opportunities for prototyping skills, planning, and 3D thinking in challenges and design thinking. A 3D splat is a great tool for teachers to quickly engage their students this and the lessons link with spatial thinking and maths outcomes. Also, presentations are key to STEM investigations especially in collaborative group work so drama, speaking and listening and media arts skills are tops too. Especially in Primary, we are trying to engage all students and the need for cross-curricula in stem is crucial. Most teachers only get 1.5 hours per week and are forced to split STEM teaching with Science concepts and HSIE lessons. I have seen the HAMSTER acronym too – the key is to make inquiry, engaging, efficient, effective as possible, and cater for all styles of learning.

                      • Splat 3D (Design Nuts Pty Ltd)
                        April 19, 2021 at 2:44 pm #18516

                        Hi Russell,

                        Yes, integration is central to my teaching practise. I honestly had not heard of HAMSTER before. LOL! I love these forums. Just to clarify do you mean – HAMSTER (Humanities, Art, Math, Science, Technology, Engineering, Reading/Research)?

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