MakerSpace / S.T.E.A.M.
S.T.E.A.M.: an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.
MakerSpace: A place in which people with shared interests can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.
Research shows that our nation’s children need specific skills to compete for admission to college and thrive in a technology and skilled-labor-driven 21st-century job market. A workforce having these skills can greatly impact communities both economically and culturally.
These social-emotional skills, noncognitive traits, and habits are nonacademic and not directly measured by standardized test scores or any traditional measure of achievement. However, they are critical for students to meet the 21st-century job market. Researchers consistently
find that these skills are the ‘difference’ that make a difference for college and career readiness and life in general. For this reason, there’s a focused initiative to incorporate into public education, a S.T.E.A.M. based curriculum that will foster these skills:
- Collaboration & Teamwork
- Creativity & Imagination
- Critical Thinking
- Flexibility & Adaptability
- Global & Cultural Awareness
- Logic & Reasoning
- Problem Solving
- Social/Civic Responsibility & Ethics
- Technology & Information Literacy