Is the Name the Same? STEAM vs STEM

Recently, I participated in a meeting that was attended by curriculum directors and tech leaders. A question was asked about STEM, PBL, and technology… isn’t it all really the same thing?

Is STEAM really STEM with the arts nestled in the middle?

We sought out resources to help organize our thinking. One that seemed to have a lot of good resources is located here:

7 Red-Hot Project-Based Learning Trends to Ignite Your STEM Classroom in 2015.  It’s About Time – Your Partner in STEM Education is the host of the website.

As you review the page, ask yourself if you are talking about STEM or PBL or just good instruction, because good instruction is simply this: providing an environment that allows for an engaged, active participant who is developing his/her own understanding and learning. We have had many programs and many acronyms, but in the final analysis, we all want kids to succeed.

Call it what you will, but make it interesting, personalized, differentiated and fun!

Renita Heideman

Renita Heideman

Renita leads the Technology Assistance Group, working in the area of technology and curriculum providing technology leadership, planning, and professional development. Renita has had a wide range of educational roles including teacher, athletic coach, technology coordinator, curriculum director, and technology supervisor. She has served as an adjunct professor for Wright State and Ashland Universities. Renita completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Miami University.

phone: 513.674.4312
email: renita.heideman@hcesc.org
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Renita Heideman

Renita leads the Technology Assistance Group, working in the area of technology and curriculum providing technology leadership, planning, and professional development. Renita has had a wide range of educational roles including teacher, athletic coach, technology coordinator, curriculum director, and technology supervisor. She has served as an adjunct professor for Wright State and Ashland Universities. Renita completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Miami University. phone: 513.674.4312 email: renita.heideman@hcesc.org