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STEAM: Why is it important?

So, what is STEAM?

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STEAM is a stimulating, germane and dynamic educational approach that allows students to explore their interests in specific fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. In addition, it gives students a chance to show their strengths or generate fascination in areas which conventional education doesn’t cover.

Relevance: But how is it relevant?

In the grand scheme of things, every lesson, every assignment and every homework we do is meant to prepare us for the future. That doesn’t mean we have to worry about every mistake we make or every unsatisfactory grade we receive; it means we have to be aware that the work we do has an end goal: our future. If you are in KS4 or KS5, this is especially important, because you are approaching a time of big change and big decisions. And STEAM is a something that can aid you in making the right decision for your career and preparing you for it.   

STEAM is perfect for those looking to pursue a career in the sciences or art. This includes professions such as: engineer, designer, architect, astrophysicist, animator and many more. The reason why STEAM can prepare you for such a multitude of careers is, that this type of educational method allows students to discover or dive deeper into their specific interests in those broad areas.

During STEAM exercises pupils are presented with different problems or challenges from the real world and they have to use their knowledge to create practical solutions. This is extremely important as it allows students to imagine the possible conundrums they may be faced with in their field of interest and to develop skills that are crucial for daily life, university and eventually work.

Creative thinking, teamwork, curiosity, and problem-solving skills are just some of the characteristics one develops whilst participating in STEAM activities. And these traits are the universal requirements or expectations that admissions officers have for students looking to enter the top universities. This is because universities are not only looking for erudite or polymathic students, they want uniqueness: someone who stands out from the crowd for their well-rounded personality. So, it is imperative to start developing this balance and excellence all across your subjects of interest.

This should be achieved not because you feel obligated to do so, but because you want to. Universities want to see that you are ambitious and that you enjoy learning. Learning shouldn’t only be seen as the acquirement knowledge; it is about will and passion as well! So, STEAM is a way to showcase that passion and determination.  

And as a result of your participation, you won’t only be an exemplary learner, but also an improved version of yourself. An improved individual ready to embrace and succeed in their future professional environment.

Advice: What can I do to enhance my STEAM abilities?

        Although the current situation may seem extremely limiting for those looking to complete some STEAM activities and enhance their skillset, it still possible achieve this from the comfort of our homes.

This is where the Global Campus comes in to play. The Global Campus (GC) is located on the iT Portal and it contains a tab about STEAM. There you can find all sorts of various challenges, activities or competitions that develop critical thinking and the previously mentioned abilities. And if you are looking for more passive activities there are many webinars, lectures and presentations made by students from MIT and experts from their fields. These will ignite your curiosity in different scientific areas and broaden your spectrum of knowledge.

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Key Stage 4 STEAM LEADER