Last week, I wrote a mini-explainer on what STEM is, and my thoughts on STEAM. This week, I'm going to describe what my definition of STEM looks like in the classroom*.
In short, it means students are free to choose or create their own solutions, trial them, evaluate whether the solutions worked and then improve or alter their solutions. It means there is no singular right answer and there ends up being variation between the solutions students are proposing.
Everybody's doing it. Everybody's talking about it. Most teachers are being asked (or more likely, told) to do it. Some people are also calling it STEAM. Others are calling it STE(A)M. More than one place I've seen is calling it STREAM and I kid you not, other places are advertising that they do SHTREAM. Something we've noticed though, is that there aren't too many people telling you what STEM / STEAM / or any other iteration actually is. Hopefully this post will help you out.*
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