S.T.E.A.M. in the Primary Classroom:

4 Ways Educators are Acclimating to STEAM Education

Today’s earliest primary grade classrooms retain some of the hallmarks of classrooms throughout the years; calendar activities, tables for small group learning, and big books for a whole class read aloud.  Alongside those staples are newer additions.  The computer center may have replaced the housekeeping center.  Wooden blocks are no longer the only building supplies available.  Large varieties of math manipulatives, once more of a luxury, are standard fare and students often have their own set kept at their desks.  Education is always changing and as the focus on STEAM in the classroom increases across grade levels, the types of activities and learning experiences students in primary grades have access to must expand to keep pace and meet expectations.What is STEAM?  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  It has become more than a popular buzzword.  In recent years STEAM education has gained momentum through teacher education, federal grants, and solid research-based curricular guidelines.  Community partnerships, like those encouraged through the Educate to Innovate initiative are key factors in creating successful STEAM programs.  As programs are being implemented, K-12 teachers across the country are incorporating STEAM content and themes into their classrooms.What is helping teachers in primary grades acclimate to STEAM education?