In a society in constant change, we usually ask ourselves what is just a fad and what is really significant and generates opportunities for development.
STEM or STEAM? After all, why are these acronyms appearing in so many places??? And what is its meaning?
We could say that STEAM is an evolution of STEM, which derives from the initials of the English words: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
And the “A”? Literally, it means Arts, including other sciences, languages and forms of expression: architecture, literature, music, cinema, design, painting, animation, etc.
In STEAM-based projects, children and teens have the possibility to relate to knowledge in a global way, since the process involves information exchange, hypothesis building, knowledge-seeking and hands on learning with research and use of resources for concrete construction; it is possible to interact, to investigate, to connect, to test hypotheses, to reflect, to create and, as a result of all these actions, to know and wish to obtain more knowledge of different areas: mathematical, linguistic, relational, technological, etc.
The STEAM learning teacher or facilitator is not limited to disciplinary content, training for the job market, selection by skills or abilities because he knows that experimentation and experience of scientific thinking are structured on other bases and must be “savored” by all students in a playful and reflective way. He includes, stimulates, provides mentoring, supports and leads all to express themselves in a variety of ways using the resources at their disposal, including technological ones, to make children and young people protagonists and learn about Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Technology, Robotics, Arts, but mainly about themselves