Top STEAM Resources for Parents and Students

With home-learning set to continue, many parents are less than familiar with STEM and STEAM learning. Our Guide provides a range of useful resources, contributed by Rachel Heffner, WSA reader and author of
Top STEAM Resources for Parents and Students
By Lyn Soppelsa
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If anyone had mentioned STEM or STEAM to most parents or students a few years ago, the majority would probably have thought that these terms referred to the part of a plant or tree by the same name, and the vapour made when a fluid is boiled!

Nowadays, at least in education, these two acronyms have quite different meanings as part of an inter-disciplinary, cross-curricular approach to learning, effectively combining subjects that, in the real world, cross over all the time, rather than the tunnel-based one subject silo learning of the past.  STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths - have become part of school-speak and an increasingly commonly found approach to teaching and learning.

The following resources have been recommended to us by Rachel Heffner, a WSA reader and author of Whilst they were initially designed for teachers, they are also ideal for parents and students who are navigating their way through home learning at the present time.

1. 10 Easy, Affordable DIY STEM Experiments to Keep Kids and Teens Engaged
This article gives you, yes you guessed it, 10 engaging activities that can buy you a little time throughout the day by captivating your children and teenagers. Few things combine fun and learning quite like science. Why not have your children follow along with some age-appropriate STEM experiments to teach them about science, technology, engineering or math?

2. Top recommended projects, activities and programmes, as recommended by Discovery magazine. Each is a great jumping-off point for science you can do at home — no lab coat required!

3. Understanding STEAM and How Children Use It
This article is intended as a professional development resource to help educationalists and parents understand how young children engage with STEAM concepts and ideas. 

4. The Benefits of Teaching STEAM Lessons
There’s been a big push for incorporating lessons and activities that use STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and maths. But how exactly do these multilayered projects help students? Here are some of the specific ways in which students can benefit from STEAM in the classroom.

5. Learn It By Art: STEAM Education Resources
Learn It By Art helps teachers inspire better STEM education in the classroom and at home with STEAM resources with lesson plans, e-books, videos, and more. These resources are designed to advance the STEM to STEAM movement by providing high quality materials and art integration kits across many content areas for grade levels from elementary through early middle school.

6. STEAM Games, Apps and Sites | Common Sense Education
When their forces combine, science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) are a super group of essential subjects that lead to long-lasting learning. Using an interdisciplinary STEAM approach in the classroom increases critical thinking, broadens perspectives, and reduces overall misconceptions.

7. 11 STEAM and STEM TV Shows for Kids
Children’s programming experts Lisa Henson and Dr. Alice Wilder discuss the power of STEAM-focused programming for kids. Plus, they share their recommendations!

8. Coding for Kids: The Best Resources for Teaching Kids to Code
Want to know more about coding for kids? These are the best resources for teaching kids to code! Identified by a programmer and homeschooling parent, these resources will assist parents who are interested in coding for kids and teaching their kids to code. 

9. Engineering the Future: The Educator’s Guide to Building and Construction
A collection of lessons, activities, projects, videos, and more, broken down by grade level, are presented here to assist educators in teaching young people core areas of study by introducing them to the world of building and construction.

Even if, as a parent, you have had no opportunity to get involved in this combined cross-curricular approach to education, we are sure that you will enjoy it and these resources offer a great way for you to learn together with your children.

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