STEAM is a way to teach how all things relate to each other. There is a lot of research suggesting that integrating these subjects, especially adding a creative component with art, is beneficial for students. This emergent methodology is more fun than traditional methodologies and makes more sense to all types of learners as it is based on the natural ways that people learn. STEAM activities are usually hands-on, exploratory, and inquiry-based.
Outer Space has always attracted the attention of young children. Outer Space exploration helps to address fundamental questions about our place in the Universe and the history of our solar system. Children are naturally looking for explanations and trying to understand everything in their environment. Combining STEAM education with learning about outer space leads to natural learning at its finest!
Check out our 'out of this world' projects this month with a STEAM lens:
Each step equals 36 million miles. The kids were amazed at how many miles there are between the planets.
The NASA Education website has a ton of great resources like these SCaN Fun Pads, Orbit Mazes, and tons of awesome photos!
Straw Rockets are an excellent opportunity for children to practice the engineering design process.
We started off our Astronaut Adventure by stretching our arms up high to put on our big astronaut helmets.
See you next time!