One of the fundamental benefits of learning using STEAM is the peripheral advantages it provides children. As well as learning the foundations of, science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, by further developing their understanding of these topics, STEAM learning is also fantastic for learning real-life skills whilst getting hands-on with projects.

Instead of being dictated to, children are encouraged to have the patience to research, plan, execute and then analyse their results. But with children learning from home currently, how do you bring a STEAM classroom to your home.

 

Step 1- Focus

Before you start an activity, think very specifically what you want your child to learn. Don’t try to teach everything at one time. Instead, focus their learning. For example, if you want them to learn more about plants, Do you want them to learn about the plant’s environment and conditions? The parts of the plants? About chlorophyll? Choose a clear learning objective with a particular question or problems that need solving.

 

Step 2- Detail

Encourage your child to look for any details that might contribute to the problem or question. This step is all about observing and identifying key background information. In the future, this will help your child to focus their research.

 

Step 3- Discovery

In this step after identifying what is happening in step 2, it is essential to research current experiments and see what is already working, or not working, so that they can further their research and create new experiments to find their own results.

 

Step 4-Application

This is the most exciting stage! It is time to start your activity! Learn new skills by getting hands-on with projects, process new information and begin to think about finding solutions. During this step, it is also important to take notes and records on any changes that occur.

 

Step 5- Presentation

An essential part of STEAM learning is being able to present the data they have found confidently. They can share it in a report, by presenting their findings to another person, by having a discussion or debate, and that feedback is available to them. This is important as it helps children get used to and expecting to receive advice and external input.

 

Step 6- Link

Reflecting on projects and feedback and sharing findings is important in STEAM learning as it completes the learning circle. It gives an opportunity to refocus on the project, try again and find better solutions or reassess to start the cycle again and specify the results further.

 

Try to add STEAM classroom theory into your home learning, to give your child the independence and crucial life skills they can use as they grow.

 

Written by,

 

Rebecca Clifton

 

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