The "T" in S.T.E.A.M.
Let's talk about the "T" in S.T.E.A.M.
What does it mean to you as a Student, an Educator or a Parent?
How do you turn that letter into a lesson, and one that doesn't just check the box by showcasing current events and advances in Technology?
Even when trying to dig up good resources that delve into the subject in alliance with S.T.E.A.M. centered curriculums, it seems Tech is the most difficult to build a lesson around. Not that it isn't easy to find articles about advances in Tech (it is) but what I look for are those sources that can be used to encourage critical thinking, that help students question why things are done the way they are done, and how they can apply it themselves. Tech overlaps with engineering, science, and of course aesthetics, including the principal of design; form follows function, playing a major role. And yes, I will say Aesthetics and Art interchangeably because "the Arts" is such a general term and must be defined with relevance to the topic at hand, and I say this as an artist myself, (believe me, when we get to the “A” in S.T.E.A.M. I will have plenty to say about its implementation). Then, of course, Math, the element that holds it altogether. Math can even be argued as the very language of the universe, of what is seen and unseen, etc.
However, in trying to decide how to provide the best resources when it comes to teaching Tech, I wonder if the richest, albeit slightly different, approach to teaching Tech may come from simultaneously teaching History.
Personally, I love History (I have a degree in Art History) not to mention an obsessive relationship with it as well. What do my husband and I do for fun? We read and listen to history podcasts, including an amazing podcast called,