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STEM vs STEAM: Future-Proofing Education

Posted by Adam Meyerhoff on 19/12/19 22:00

Traditionally-speaking, the education system has always been geared towards preparing students to contribute towards their future roles in the workplace, educated in their respective fields to ensure that they are suitable for the task. The way to achieve this, historically, has been through STEM education. However, with the digital disruption of society through the technological development and advancements of the times, the education system is being forced to adapt its curricula to suit the modern demands of students entering the workforce.

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What is STEM Education?

STEM stands for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’. These four topics are representative of the world around us ─ a world in which science and technological advancement continuously disrupt every aspect of our day-to-day life. 

STEM-related jobs have been key in the effort to drive sustained growth and stability in the majority of developed nations. For this reason, STEM-related job roles have grown by 79% since 1990 in the United States alone. 

STEM education doesn’t just increase the knowledge of students. It prepares them for their future in a technological world where they’ll need to think critically, solve problems, collaborate with others and create solutions. In other words, the traditional STEM education enables the next generation of innovators that companies desperately need to maintain development and growth.

Innovate and Adapt

The four areas of the curriculum that STEM covers are part of our everyday life. They represent the skills needed for a myriad of workplace roles which need to be filled to drive the world forward, however, it doesn’t cover everything that we need to uphold modern society. 

The most recent developments in society and education have seen STEM turn to STEAM ─ an adaptation that better suits the demands of modern, innovative workplaces. STEAM introduces the various disciplines of the arts to the ‘must-have’ STEM education ─ humanities, dance, drama, music, language arts, visual arts, new media and design. The introduction of these topics emphasises the importance of creativity and innovation for future roles in the workplace.

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The Importance of STEAM Education

Creativity is often disregarded when it comes to the objectivity of the sciences and the traditional STEM methodology. However, the inclusion of the arts gives students an opportunity to learn the STEM subjects in an open-ended, creative way.  This is important because the arts and creativity have always been crucial for turning scientific theory into a practical, applicable reality. 

At One World International School, we have implemented STEAM-focused, internationally-recognised curricula that incorporates enquiring, questioning, thinking, reasoning and deducting into the day-to-day lives of our students through problem-based learning methods and inquiry. 

We have a strong appreciation for the Arts at OWIS. Our campuses boast state-of-the-art technology which allows students to create their own artful masterpieces. This exciting aspect of our curriculum helps students acquire the skills and knowledge that they need to know about the design, style and techniques of art, which can be transferred to any other aspect of creation that STEM-subjects would traditionally create. 

The global workforce of the day is becoming heavily STEM-saturated and, now more than ever, people who possess the ability to innovate are needed to develop new ideas and designs through the intersection of art and science to paint a better future for the world.

To find out more about how we future-proof education at OWIS, do contact us or register below for a campus visit soon.

 

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Topics: Secondary school, Subjects, International School, IB PYP

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