Create meaningful and transformative K-5 STEAM learning experiences for each and every student. Make the most of your limited instructional time and become part of the Step into STEAM movement! Seamlessly design and implement K-5 STEAM inquiries that align carefully to key mathematics and science content and practices and prepare elementary students for their bright futures. Taking an opposite approach to existing resources that provide collections of disjointed STEAM activities, this book empowers teachers and schools to build cohesive and sustainable STEAM infrastructures—grounded in grade-level standards and purposeful assessment—to deepen the mathematics and science learning of each and every student.

What Is STEAM and Why Does It Matter?

Chapter one what is steam and why does it matter?


Why does STEAM teaching and learning matter? This chapter introduces the fundamentals of STEAM education and shares how building STEAM inquiries around three guiding principles—the Es of equity, empathy, and experience—creates transformative and effective learning opportunities for students. This chapter addresses the following questions:

  • Why should I care about STEAM? What does the research say?
  • How does STEAM help me achieve equity for each and every learner? Learn the importance of embedding STEAM education in the regular school day, making it accessible to each and every learner.
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