STEM Education
Full STEAM ahead in Ed!

While STEM and STEAM education haa been a part of the education landscape for the past few years, this year we have seen a BIG push from State governments to have these programmes further implemented in schools. This drive includes coding becoming a core part or curriculum from Foundation to Year 10 and having Science being a mandatory pre-requisite to enter a Bachelor of Education primary or early childhood course.

Could 2017 be the year of coding?

STEAM (science, technology, engineering the arts and mathematics) and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are not just stand-alone subjects, but rather a way of thinking – collaboratively, creatively and critically. This way of thinking is more than just about technology and coding; it is everywhere and can be applied to everything. Our nourishment, our safety, our homes and neighbours, our relationships with family and friends, our health, our jobs & our leisure are all profoundly shaped by technological innovation and the discoveries of science.

However the push to implement this new way of learning in schools has resulted in an increased demand for STEAM specialists and teachers. STEM and STEAM cannot be taught to our 21st-century learners without proper equipment, and professional development of those teach it so we need to focus on education programmes for this industry also.

One company is taking STEAM to the next level; littleBits. The littleBits platform encompasses easy-to-use electronic building blocks, encouraging and empowering students to create and invent.  They have impressed with their awesome kits for STEAM helping students around the globe to get creative.

The secret to learning is ‘Making it fun’, and this new kit is all about learning to build code through games.  With games, students embrace failure, make the rules, think critically, and collaborate.

To see our full range of STEAM products, visit our Education website here.