# STEAM

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math

Homework Plus recognizes the importance of starting to reinforcing your child's curiosity early in their life! Homework Plus's STEAM programs are the best way to bridge to gap between the theory you learn in school and the application of the knowledge. Through the STEAM programs, students of any age will reinforce real mathematical and scientific concepts learned throughout their lives by making!

## IS STEAM RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?

### What is STEAM and Why is it Important?

Adding the (A)rt is STEM

STEAM is a teaching method that includes an abbreviation that makes up the term! Science, technology, engineering, art, and math are used to encourage students to think more openly about real-world problems. As the STEM job market is anticipated to grow by 13 percent between 2017 and 2027, according to the State Education Commission, non-STEM employment will grow by only 9 percent. This distinction implies we need to get more kids excited to learn about the sciences. By adding the A, art, in STEAM from the original STEM, we create a space where problems can become personal in nature and the will to solve the problem increases because of the ownership and the creativity involved in the process. Creativity was always present in the sciences and acknowledging the importance of incorporating art into science and engineering allows more students to get excited to learn and explore!

Not only that! STEAM develops strong life skills:

Logical Thinking

STEAM programs are an ideal setting for children to see predictable events or interactions. There are times when the unexpected occurs, and that's where quality learning takes place.

Most of the occurrences we have in life are unreliable and students need to know how to maneuver around a world that is not always reliable. Children are perfect learners, giving them the ability to interpret patterns in data, even if that information is unreliable. As children maintain track of that information, they learn about cause-and-effect relationships and apply this understanding to problems around them. Strong logic abilities start to evolve by simulating issues and guiding kids in how to solving those issues through their own creativity and a set of tools such as coding or 3D modeling.

Spatial Awareness

By introducing students to the world of project-based learning using design, the importance of spatial awareness becomes evident. Spatial awareness is understanding of categories and characteristics of objects, physical and mental manipulation of objects, and the ability to communicate that. By getting an opportunity to digitally explore two and three-dimensional objects, students start to create a capacity to coordinate movements and align objects in a digital and physical context.

Mathematical Understanding

In a constructive educational environment, like the one we provide, kids can enjoy learning and find their own understandings through active and engaged discovery. By using mathematical theories underlying specific project-based problems, kids can find a relationship between what is taught in the math classroom and what they are actively doing. For example, during three-dimensional designing, a student will be exposed to the coordinate plane, fractions, angles, translations, and many more mathematical concepts taught in school. It is important to include a way for kids to use the tools that are taught to them in school in a real-world environment. Imagine a world where you are taught everything there is to know about a screwdriver, including how to make it, its properties, techniques, and everything you can imagine there is to know about such a simple tool. The problem is, if you never get a chance to actually touch one and use it, you would never understand the importance of such a trivial tool. The same can be said for math. It is a tool that must be used and exercised to fully understand its importance. Unfortunately, for most kids, math has already lost its importance because they never got to use it. By joining a STEAM program you can get your child excited about math without even knowing it!

### Perfect for Any Age

Who is STEAM for?

As young kids get older and their brains develop, playing has a great impact on their lives and shapes the way they think and what they deduce about the world around them. Investigation and hands-on learning, two major aspects of play, normally include many STEAM skills. Kids use these same skills to problem solve. When children work on solving a problem on their own, they will experiment, develop strategies, and correct mistakes. Kids are naturally inclined to STEAM. Furthermore, when kids direct their own exploration, at their own accord, they learn skills like focused attention, motivation, and critical thinking. These are natural steps to learning life skills such as organization, time management, and self-control. It is up to the adults to arrange environments where kids have the opportunity and motivation to grow these skills and curiosity in life and take ownership of their skills. STEAM programs are perfect for that!