Makerspace / STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math
Makerspaces, STEAM labs provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. Additionally, Makerspaces provide an enriching opportunity for participants to explore and foster potential career interests in STEAM related fields.
Definition of STEAM Education: STEAM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
STEAM education focuses on preparing and inspiring generations of learners to meet the challenges of the global society through innovation, collaboration, and creative problem solving to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st century workforce.
1. Why STEAM Education matters
2. Great resource for how to start a Makerspace at your school
Engineering, Go For It! resource
STEAM related units / lesson plan database
Destination Imagination – Creativity in the classroom
Primary Thematic Units on STEM from Northern Ireland
NASA Talk – collection of teaching resources
Curriculum for multiple robotics platforms by Carnegie Mellon University
PBS STEM Education Resource Center
Teacher’s guides for STEAM related projects in your classroom / school
Design in the Classroom – teaching the design process
Stem Careers – For those seeking and promoting STEM careers
Tips for Getting Girls Involved in STEM