STEM, STEAM, and Makerspaces
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May: STEM, STEAM, and Makerspaces: It’s no secret that STEM and STEAM (the ‘A’ is for the arts) are an essential part of student learning. Even if students don’t go on to pursue a degree or career in a STEM/STEAM field, the skills they learn in STEM subjects, such as critical and analytical thinking, will serve them well throughout life. But STEM can also be tough to teach, and students have a troubling tendency to lose interest in STEM by middle school. How can educators retain students in STEM topics? What are some of the most promising STEM education practices? And how do makerspaces–spaces with tools and resources that give students the freedom to tinker and problem-solve–promote a healthy STEM/STEAM mindset?