STEM Learning, How About STEAM Instead?

Have you ever sat back and watched a child play? What did you see? How did they process the information that they were absorbing? Did they try something then try again?

If you haven’t taken the time I highly suggest you do. Kids are amazing! I am always impressed with how many complex concepts that they manage to teach themselves. Kids have a determination that I wish I possessed. More often than not they will try and try again until they master something. Once mastered they often come up with a different way to do something and occasionally end up creating an alternate result.

Now let’s talk about what kids learn. Specifically subjects that our society places a higher value on.

STEM, is the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This philosophy has been growing for years. These four subjects are vital to our current world however they were missing an important piece of the puzzle.

Art.

Have you ever purchased an app that was not visually appealing? Did you keep it or was it hard for you to utilize? Personally, if I don’t like the look of it I won’t waste my time using it. Completely unconsciously too, it just happens. Have you ever walked into a house where the layout wasn’t right? All the correct things were present but the flow was stifled.

Both of those situations are because the Art aspect was either forgotten or not prioritized.

It has been said that “Occupations in STEM-related careers are some of the fastest growing and best paid of the 21st century, and they often have the greatest potential for job growth.”1

How amazing is that?!?

As a mom of little’s I want to prepare my kids the best I can for the world that they will grow up in and potentially the world where they become leaders. I firmly believe that by moving from STEM to STEAM they will be better equipped for their lives. They will know how to think outside of the box while accomplishing a plethora of tasks. I want my kids to know how to think creatively, critically and how to be inventive. While also understanding the value that those skills bring to a variety of situations.

Do you have similar goals to me? Do you want your kids to stand out from the crowd?

Let me introduce you to one of my new favorite resources. This post contains affiliate links.

Steam Kids 50+ STEAM Activities

Steam Kids is a book that will inspire children to:

question like a scientist

design like a technologist

build like an engineer

create like an artist

deduce like a mathematician

and, most importantly

play like a kid.”

What does this all actually look like? Check out this fun video.

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STEAM kids not only provides you with amazing projects but also helps you come up with a plan on how to include some extra learning and fun into your life.

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You can do this. Yes, I’m talking to you.

Type A, planner girl. Everything is organized for you. Weekly project list, material lists and even a field trip guide. You can plan as much as you want without having to do tons of leg work.

Not a type A, we have you covered too. STEAM activities don’t have to be prepared beforehand. You can do something right now. Check out this link for materials that you probably have on hand that can easily be used for an amazing project. All without having to make a last minute trip to the store. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

Interested in a weekly challenge to get your family inspired? Its amazing!! Seriously. Check it out! You can do STEAM and I bet your kids will surprise you with what they come up with on their own.

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STEAM Kids book launches today!! Yes, it is available for the first time today!

steam-kids-buy-nowAs a part of the launch you can receive 50+ Halloween themed STEAM Activities if you purchase a book this week (Septemeber 14 – 21, 2016). Whoop Whoop! I’m all about a deal and this is fabulous. Launch price is $9.99 ($19.98)

STEAM Kids Halloween Activies

You can order a soft cover book or a PDF. Whatever fits your style.

If you order the soft cover book,

STEAM Kids: 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Projects for Kids,

make sure that you email Anne (steamkids@leftbraincraftbrain.com) with a screen shot of your order to receive your Halloween freebie.

We are a STEAM family and love it.  Follow this link for some tips on how to get started in your home with STEAM.

I hope you enjoy STEAM Kids as much as I have so far.

1: https://teach.com/what/teachers-know/stem-education/

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10 thoughts on “STEM Learning, How About STEAM Instead?

    • Side By Side Learning says:

      We all have our own strengths! I am not the baking or crafting mom. This book as helped me see that crafting/art projects dont have to be as intense as I think they have to be. STEAM Kids would definitely help you with projects. I especially love the “projects” that start out as loose parts and the kids create something great.

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