What is STEAM and why does it matter to the museum industry?

This month at Flying Fish, we’re focusing on science centers and STEAM education and content. Our museum and science center clients are focused on STEAM learning which integrates meaningful science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics concepts. It is understood that students solve real-world problems through hands-on learning and creative activities. STEAM focused exhibits are embraced more and more across the museum industry, which is why Flying Fish is taking active measures to offer such content.

What is STEAM?
STEAM learning integrates meaningful science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics concepts, where students solve real-world problems through hands-on learning and creative activities.

What are the benefits to learners?
A well-rounded STEAM education:

  • Develops observation and communication skills
  • Encourages curiosity and independent thinking
  • Teaches creative problem-solving with an interdisciplinary approach
  • Provides experience with real-world tools, preparing students for the future

 

Why is STEAM important?

  • New technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are rapidly changing the workplace
  • Rather than eliminating jobs, more jobs are being created without enough skilled workers to fill them
  • This skills gap may leave an estimated 2.4 M positions unfilled between 2018 and 2028, with a potential economic impact of $2.5 trillion

 

How are museum and science centers integrating STEAM into their programming?

 

Sources:
Kadenze Blog, July 2018
SciArt Magazine, 2017
Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute manufacturing skills gap study, fourth edition, 2018
GettingSmart.com, 2015

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