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STEM, With a Creative Touch

by Lauren Barack

District Administration

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Progressive schools stretch STEAM

At three annual conferences this spring—the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)—experts and educators will offer guidance in developing STEAM instruction across a range a subjects and projects. At the three conferences, educators and attendees will examine the subjects that comprise STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

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Taking the “Dry” Out of Science, Math and Technology Through a Dose of the Arts

Engaging today’s students with science, technology and math instruction is a high priority. But, that engagement can best be achieved if students are allowed to interact with technologies and instruction in ways that encourage creativity, problem-solving and innovation. How can your district boost STEM/STEAM learning most effectively?

Three upcoming conferences—NCTM, NAEA and NSTA—will offer educators an opportunity to learn from presenters and peers about the creative ways that teachers are bringing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) into their classrooms. The addition of the “A” to the STEM acronym helps educators think about ways of incorporating creativity, exploration and problem-solving into subjects that are sometimes considered to be very fact-based and lacking opportunity for individual expression. Attendance at one of more of these spring events should provide inspiration to ensure that STEM and STEAM boost innovation and learning.