Why STEAM Education Programs Are Important
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT | APRIL 26, 2017
STEAM education, which involves a collaborative mix of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics, is vital to our future. In fact, STEAM education programs are changing the classroom landscape for today’s students. Schools and educators who incorporate STEAM education are shaping the everyday experiences for today’s children, preparing them to be excellent problem-solvers, creative collaborators, and thoughtful risk-takers. At The Gardner School, we value STEAM education, and you’ll find STEAM activities infused into our curriculum, daily activities, and our Camp Gardner summer program.
The Value of STEAM Education
When looking at the future job market and considering the types of roles our future workforce will need to fill, STEAM education is of extreme value. A recent Georgetown University study on job growth and education requirements in the workforce through the year 2020 found that nearly 55 million jobs could go unfilled due to skill gaps, mainly in the fields of healthcare STEAM-related fields. As more educators and lawmakers consider these statistics, STEAM education continues to be embraced and implemented into curriculums and lesson plans.
Even more, in a constantly-changing world, the importance of creativity in the workforce is getting more and more attention. That’s why art programs are essential in the STEAM learning process, especially with preschoolers and kindergartners.
STEAM Education at The Gardner School
Students at The Gardner School are introduced to various STEAM learning methods and activities each day. Our Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos involves learning activities that require active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work. The DLM Curriculum provides optimal learning opportunities for our Preschool and Pre-K programs that strategically help children grasp early literacy, language, math and science concepts. We also offer STEAM enrichmentcourses, which involve a variety of subjects that help students dig deeper into learning while incorporating their personal passions and interests.
With a solid mix of STEAM learning programs focused on engineering to technology and more, our comprehensive curriculum is designed to help your child reach his or her highest levels of development. We believe our students are the scientists, technology gurus, engineers, artists, and mathematicians of the future. As we continue to embrace and apply STEAM education in the preschool classroom, your child will not only be prepared for kindergarten, but he or she will be better equipped to make a difference in the world.