What is S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics)?

S.T.E.A.M. is an educational teaching technic that helps develop critical thinking and out of the box thinking, through hands-on discovery. It helps to develop an interest and lifelong love of the arts and sciences in children from an early age. The wonderful thing is that the S.T.E.A.M. projects do not have one answer/solution, process/way to do the activity. Thus, build confidence in kids who are unwilling to take risks in their education, afraid of getting things wrong.

How To Start S.T.E.A.M. Activity/Lesson

Remember with a S.T.E.A.M. lesson are child-centered using an inquiry-based principle. You are not in control you are more of a couch: cheer your child on, supporting their learning journey, foster a passion for learning, and helping them get to the next level through open-ended questions and providing materials that will inspire new ideas.

Your first job is to set your child up with the question/challenge, give them the materials allowed to use and the boundaries. Then, sit back and let them explore. Let them make mistakes and try to fix them.

If you see an area the needs improvement ask questions like… Where have you seen that done before? Do you think blank would work? Why do you think it is not working? How could you make it work better, what would you need? Is there anywhere we could look for more ideas?


Spider S.T.E.A.M.

Spider S.T.E.A.M. is a simple activity where your child uses things from around the house or from your recycling to create a spider web. After a few trials and errors, Ranger D decided to go with wrapping a cookie cutter in dental floss. I enjoy seeing him process through how to improve his ideas and change things that did not work. Most S.T.E.A.M. projects are designed so that your child improve their way of thinking through trial and error process as well as build on their prior knowledge.

Question/Challenge-

Can you build a spider web that can hold a bug?

Materials- 
  • Random recycling materials
  • Dental floss
  • Dry beans (to represent bugs)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Hold punch
Directions-
  1. Give your kids the challenge. 
  2. Set a time limit for them to design their own web. 
  3. Using whatever recycling items you have to allow your kids to design their own webs. 
  4. Test the webs to see if they can hold a bug by placing a dry bean on it. 
 Extension-

See which web holds the most bugs. 

My kids and I really enjoy seeing what other kids come up with. It helps them improve their ideas and way of thinks. So please add comment to how your child/children completed the project.


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Spider S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics)

Hulu Hoop Spider Web: Letter, Phonogram, or Sight Word Identification

Spider Race

Spider Worksheet and Short Videos

Spider Word Web

Spider Legs - Counting

Printable Spider Web Weaving

Extra Large Spider Web

Spider Spelling Words

Climbing Spider

Beading Spider Leg Math

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