What Is STEAM?
STEAM stands for science, technology, art, engineering, and math. Each of STEAM’s five subjects share a common approach and focus. They require gathering and using evidence to create knowledge or solve problems. STEAM learning happens naturally everyday as children explore, play, and try new things. When young children have the opportunity to investigate the world around them, they learn and experiment with new STEAM skills and theories. Research shows there is a positive relationship between early STEAM experiences and future success in school.
• SCIENCE is observing, experimenting, asking questions, wondering how things work, making predictions, and sharing
• TECHNOLOGY is being inventive, using a variety of tools, making things work, identifying issues, using computers.
• ART is about incorporating creative thinking and applied arts in real situations.
• ENGINEERING is problem solving, testing materials, and designing, creating, building.
• MATHEMATICS is patterning, sequencing, exploring shapes, numbers, volume, and size.
Why is STEAM Important for Young Children?
STEAM aligns so much with the way children’s minds learn and work from a very early age. The best way to foster a love of STEAM is to encourage curiosity. From a young age encouraging children to question, to explore and to play. From nursery to school STEAM education will help children become innovative adults with exceptional critical thinking and problem solving skills. Skills that our future generations will need in our increasingly technology driven world.
We are requesting parent volunteers willing to spend time across the nurseries sharing your field of expertise with the children. Sessions will run from 10:00 -11:00am allowing for the delivery of two 30 minute sessions please contact your nursery manager if you would like to volunteer. We would welcome any suggestions from you if you would like to provide an activity. Please contact the university nurseries directly to arrange.