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STEAM Ahead - merging arts and science
A new approach to teaching STEM is gaining momentum in the USA by incorporating art with maths and science.
The programme, known as STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) trains and embeds teaching artists into preschool classrooms and is being used by US-based Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. The artists meet with teachers to develop an engaging curriculum and then visit classrooms twice a week for half an hour of activity. In one class, teaching artist Amanda Layten, combines dance and maths to help pupils develop memory, balance and numeracy skills. The children roll a dice and then ‘balance the number’ - if they roll a one they have to balance on one leg.
The study used survey data gathered over 20 years that followed socially and economically disadvantaged students, from kindergarten into their early twenties.