STEAM Introduction
Greetings, and welcome to STEAM at Ayers. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to teach children about science and engineering and see them become excited about how things work! This is our second year of implementing a STEAM curriculum in the district, and the students thoroughly enjoy learning through inquiry-based experiments and activities. I have enjoyed being a part of the Beverly school system for the past 15 years and watching how our methods of teaching science and engineering have evolved into this new and exciting STEAM endeavor for children. It's important to remember that science is worth exploring, and we have a great time while learning. 

What is STEAM?

Originally starting as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—the STEM subjects, Art has joined the movement transforming STEM into STEAM. The A includes a broad spectrum of arts extending beyond aesthetics; it includes liberal arts, formally folding in Language Arts, Social Studies, Physical Arts, Fine Arts and Music.

Why is STEAM education important?

Exploration in STEAM activities encourages students to ask big questions and find solutions. 

Critical thinking and problem solving are not only important in the academic setting but a growing lifeskill in the 21st century.

STEAM education teaches flexible thinking and risk taking, both of which are needed in today's complex and dynamic world.

STEAM education is designed to promote student engagement and unlock creative thinking and innovation.

STEAM is a standards-packed, reality-based, personally relevant exploratory learning environment.

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Are there curriculum frameworks for STEAM?
Each STEAM lesson is based on the Next Generation Science Standards

Susan Faria Smith
STEAM Integration Specialist
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