This book presents a collection of exciting ideas, suggestions, and real lesson plans from teachers who are already using STEAM in their classrooms. Starting with a synopsis of the importance of and possibilities with incorporating the arts into Science/Technology/Engineering/Math initiatives, the book also describes how to make a STEAM initiative successful. The lesson plans provided can be used in all grades from K through 12. Teachers and administrators in all of the schools the authors have worked with since the first edition have recognized that integrating the arts in STEM courses can awaken their own and their students' creativity. They found that STEAM could increase student engagement by making lessons more interesting and promote more in-depth discussions that leads to higher student achievement. However, many were concerned about how they could integrate the arts without a substantial investment of precious time and resources, as well as a tremendous shift in their instructional strategies. This book shows them how. In addition to updating the research, the revised edition includes a new chapter on how to adapt STEAM to meet the individual needs and limitations of a particular school or district, a new chapter containing teacher/administrator-developed guidelines for successfully implementing and maintaining STEAM, valuable comments and tips from teachers and curriculum supervisors who have planned and presented STEAM lessons and projects, an expanded discussion of the power of instructional intuition, and new research on how technology is rewiring students' brains.
From STEM to STEAM is the answer to the failure of STEM education in our schools. No one understands better than David Sousa and Tom Pilecki the importance of the arts-music, the visual arts and drama-in making science, technology, engineering and math come alive for teachers and students. This is true integrated STEAM instruction...and it works. I've seen the transformation in our schools.
Our teachers enjoy the freedom to be creative and in turn more effective! Their students are singing and dancing in math and performing live theater in science. They're remembering more, understanding more, and achieving more. They're innovating, too, with new ideas and new applications for what they're learning. They love integrated STEAM learning. I could not be more impressed with the change From STEM to STEAM has brought to our schools.
This second edition of From STEM to STEAM contains guidelines for integrating STEAM instruction into the classroom and across the curriculum. It provides the essential guideposts that marked the growth of our teachers as STEAM instructors and our schools as lively, high performing STEAM academies. But think of the guidelines less as targets to be met than as sheet music that brings us back repeatedly to the same melody in a full musical score. Thanks to From STEM to STEAM we're on key and making great music.
-- Daniel J. Ferris, Superintendent of Schools
This book on STEAM is a call to action by two genuine authorities on a matter of critical importance, for two very different reasons. First, in order to motivate K-12 students, we need to reach them where they are-and little kids are inherently interested in the natural world around them. If we motivate them, they will persist and graduate. And if they are motivated by science, we will ultimate have more college graduates with highly marketable skills in STEM fields-areas of great demand in today's economy. Second, adding the Arts to STEM to create STEAM acknowledges that the arts and science are linked. As the author of several biology textbooks, I rely on art to convey ideas that are very difficult to explain with language only. STEAM is the wave of the future, so BUY THIS BOOK!"
-- Donald J. Farish, Ph.D., President
From STEM to STEAM has been a tremendous help as teachers and teachers-to-be gear up for providing STEM education to their pupils. This well-conceived and well-done publication was immediately chosen as a text to help course participants to improve their crafts. From STEM to STEAM provides a necessary layer of STEM education so that that the affective domain is given the importance it deserves. This is a welcome addition to the professional's bookshelf!
-- Sister Remigia Kushner, Congregation of Saint Joseph, Director, School Leadership Program