What is STEAM? Why is it important?

June 28, 2016

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Science contains  basic knowledge about physical and abstract things around us. Technology is the tried and tested application of this knowledge in order to get a desired output. Engineering is playing with Science and Technology in an exploratory manner. Art is an important element that guarantees user’s acceptability for a new creation or product. Mathematics is required in all the above steps for calculation, precision and simulation.

Science tells us that we can harness energy from sun. Technology makes it possible to generate Electricity using solar voltaic cells. Engineering helps us to explore possibilities to maximize solar to electric conversions and control home appliances. Using our Art skills, we design and build user friendly products. Importance of Art can be well understood when you imagine yourself working on an ancient computer and typing machine language through your keyboard. Mathematics is required in each and every process of STEAM for measurement, calculations, precisions and simulation.

Human Civilization has survived because of its innovations and inventions. Imagine the existence of this great world without wheels. We have even named our civilizations in the name of pre-historic innovations and inventions. (Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Industrial age etc) Industrial age propelled the rate of innovations and inventions. Communications age increased the pace of breakthroughs. Today, we live in a world where average life expectancy has increased; we have found cure for many of the deadly diseases, and can travel up to space. All credit goes to Innovations and Inventions.

If our Inventions are our sole protectors, our education should promote innovations and Inventions. Integrating STEAM with education would be a great way to do this. Our education can be made more hands on by introducing STEAM themed Projects and activities.  Practicing STEAM education will ensure that students not only acquire knowledge but also develop right attitude and skills for innovation and invention.

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