STEAM education is essential to success in every educational sphere, and is preparing future generations for work in the 21st century.
Science, technology, engineering, art and maths have been prioritised in education for a long time and are more relevant today than ever. But simply teaching these disciplines by using an instructive teaching method is insufficient to equip students for work in the 21st century. Due to globalisation and rapid technological development, many vocations have and continue to become irrelevant, along with a rapid rise in the demand for new skills. Our future generations need to “learn how to learn” on the job and adapt to this ever-changing society. This has increased the need for innovation, which requires qualities such as collaboration, creativity, problem-solving and perseverance.
The STEAM approach beautifully brings the essential disciplines together with these necessary qualities. Through making and creating things, knowledge of the various disciplines is reinforced, while the essential qualities are developed through teamwork and “real world” application.
Furthermore, the importance of integrating the various disciplines to solve problems is demonstrated, for example, the creativity stimulated by artistic learning complements the analytical thinking fostered in science and maths to invent something completely unique. The STEAM approach is equipping our future generations not only to survive, but thrive in the 21st century.