With STEAM programs, adding arts to STEM subjects, schools are working to strengthen students’ abilities to be creative problem-solvers. With 11 tips and four case studies, this guide has the information you need to start a successful STEAM program in your school
One tool erases frustration and boredom and makes electronics fun for students
Very young students often have a hard time engaging meaningfully in electronics projects. Sure, most middle school kids can learn the function of basic electronic components and follow a set of instructions to create a basic circuit on a breadboard. Often, however, their work suffers from the mistakes, short-circuits, and sloppiness that plague any novice.
More limiting than the struggle to keep bare wires from accidentally brushing each other, is the wall that most students hit after they create the alarm circuit or lie detector that they built from the schematic in the textbook.
While their imaginations are ripe with ideas of things they might like to build, most young students lack the fundamental knowledge to push beyond the canned circuits provided by their teacher and to create something original.…Read More