Creative Teaching & Learning

Opening Doorways to STEAM Learning

Traditional approaches to science, technology, engineering and maths seem to be missing the crucial element of arts and imagination. Becky Sage shows how some new technology is bringing interdisciplinary and creative thinking to the science classroom.
Girls looking at the computer modelling at Nano Simbox offices

STEAM learning is a phrase that we hear a lot, and over the last year I have heard it referred to in many different contexts. While the broad definition stays the same, the meaning seems to get confused. Based on the panels, discussions, research and interactions I have had with teachers and education professionals I think that STEAM means an interdisciplinary approach to learning, which gives a more holistic, skills-based learning opportunity than when the subjects are taught in isolation. To me it seems that STEAM is essentially STEM with 21st-century skills thrown in.

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