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Tech Wiz Wandering STEAM

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As a VR/AR fan, I was talking to a friend via IM the other evening. He mentioned the wonderful potential of VR in education. We talked a little (he is a Middle School Science teacher) about the Astro Reality planetary. He was shocked. I ended up ordering him a set for his classroom. It did get me thinking about the reality of STEAM. STEAM is the explanation of the original STEM concept. STEM represents the merging of Science TechnologyEngineering and Math into a unified educational process. STEAM is that carried one step further adding the A of Art. STEAM allows teachers to both deliver critical information and skills, but it also helps them present the information in a  fun manner.

He and I both backed a crowdfunded astral projector (mine is for my bedroom and helping me relax and sleep. His is for the classroom!)

Kids love science, at least they do if the teacher does!

For me, the Science piece is something I grew up with an enjoy. The technology and Engineering pieces are my chosen career. The last piece of the puzzle now is the art and math. Both of them impact the first three. Art is the expression of ideas in non-traditional ways. Math is the expression of ideas as numbers. There are many components of the technology world that do use all of the components of STEAM. 

Educators are often the last to get new technology, making it harder to deliver STEAM, 3d printers are something I think every school should have. Transactive Energy systems, at least to power the science labs should be in every school. The building, optimizing and delivering energy via the wind, sun, water or geothermal is great additional engineering add for schools to consider.

The internet of things is another area where I see STEAM impacting education and classrooms. There are a number of interesting kits for IoT creation. All can be used to integrate the full SteamStack.

  • Are you familar with the new term STEAM and what it means for education?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you believe the global education system supports all students equally?

    • Yes
    • No
  • should the global education system support all students equally?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you think schools should move to electronic text books?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. How kind of you to purchase this gift for your teacher friend. I agree with your questions except for the last one. Technology is moving fast enough. Most kids cannot even write in cursive. I know the books will be replaced by electronic ones soon enough. But I hope they stay around as long as possible.

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