STEAM Education


Narrator: Providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world is the key to
their success. STEAM, or science, technology,
engineering, arts, and math is a modern approach to that focusing on valuing the
learning process as much as the results Gail Miller: Mountain View School is incorporating STEAM education in its curriculum across the school day to basically increase
innovative learning opportunities for students across all grade levels. Dave Beard: STEAM is basically the bringing together of many different content areas that
traditionally have been siloed and separated in the hope that it’ll provide
a better educational context or a better context for kids to learn all of the
different disciplines. They’ll see the interconnections between science and
math and between engineering and math between technology and science, and
technology and math, and they’ve added the A in there actually, which is an
important piece of it. The A is for arts so it’s now not STEM, it’s STEAM.
So to add to what’s normally a mechanical kind of set of disciplines
that piece that can interconnect that can allow for a lot more different types
of learners to engage in that in that whole line of learning. Narrator: The school has
incorporated design thinking and the Stanford design process into the STEAM
education to provide a solution based approach to solving problems. Lori Miller: It allows our kids to take a bigger ownership in the problem-solving process. It’s not
spoon feeding or memorizing countless facts. It truly is taking and looking at something and trying to find out the
answers why. Ashanti: I like experiencing stuff on my own and learning how to do
it because if someone tells me how to do it or gives me the answer, and I’m not
gonna learn. I want to learn how to do it so that I’m not struggling when someone,
because if someone’s not there to tell me the answer that I’m just gonna be
struggling. Dave Beard: No matter what job they go to when they graduate, we want kids to be in
that area where there’s no right or wrong answer and there’s no way to do it,
and to be able to work through that, to problem-solve through that, to use
critical thinking. That’s where all of these things could come together in that
messy process. Corry De La Cruz: We want them to fail, and we don’t mean that get an F, but we
mean that when you make a mistake it’s good because then you can say okay that
didn’t work out what could I do differently, and then engaging them in
that process and in that thinking and then discussing it with the class. What went well? What didn’t? Cassie Strahota: They are coming across problems that they didn’t anticipate and then having that opportunity to do that trial and error,
and, okay this isn’t working so we need to go this route, and let’s try this, and
you and if that doesn’t work even trying yet again, and that growth mindset piece
is very much built into all of this and the process they go through. Corry: Do my students be able to have test-taking skills? Absolutely! But they also need to
be 21st Century thinkers, which means thinking out of the box. Narrator: Mountain View has partnered with Shadow Ridge High School to help bring some of the
engineering, architecture, and digital media Career and Technical Education
programs to the students. Dave: And they’re basically trying to set up a means for those programs to sort of find their way into a low stakes kind of fun way for
kids to to explore. If you look at the statistics across the country, not a lot
of women go into the engineering fields. And the hope here is that through the iExplore lab they can set up a kind of playground where they can sort of get
their feet wet with some of these things and realize it’s not as intimidating as
it should be. Maybe this is something I want to go
into. And with the need that there is for girls to
go into STEM, maybe it could be that piece that’s gonna make them decide to
go that direction and to fill that huge gap. Narrator: Mountain View has also partnered with MCESA or the Maricopa County Education Service Agency and the 21st
century specialists in the district to ensure staff get the professional
development training they need to be successful. Lori: Our schools been blessed in
having an opportunity to work with MCESA and go through STEM leadership
programs and trainings with them to learn from them to draw from them and
bring resources in that help us better prepare our students for the world
that’s out there Dave: One of the problems that that most teachers have is how do I
take what I normally have taught in silos and take it out of silos and put
it together into something that’s more meaningful? How do I attach it to the
real world? And a lot of teachers have a little bit more trouble with that, but
what we’re seeing is where they’re doing it, and they’re experimenting with it,
they’re having success. And they’re really enjoying that success, and they’re
seeing that kids have a great time with it, and they’re seeing that the learning would be a lot more meaningful for the
students. Narrator: Daring students to be wrong, to listen to the opinions of other students, to try many different ideas and create
solutions based on real life is the foundation for the STEAM educational
approach at Mountain View school. Arath: It makes the students more want to do like
science and technology so when they’re older they’re smarter, they know what stuff to do, and I think thats a great thing, cause then kids they grow up learning what
coding is, what engineering is. Gail: They literally are more engaged in their learning. They’re excited about it. They love the idea of being able to support
the world in a more positive way as well Lori: I don’t want to teach my kids to think
the way I think. I want them to think for themselves. I want them to learn for
themselves. Do I guide them? Do I give them the resources? Do I pose them a question
and make them figure out their answers for themselves? Absolutely! That’s what
good education and good learning does

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