Stem to Steam
The “STEM” movement is gaining traction in American education today, and more recently Stem has been replaced by STEAM. Why add ART to the study of science, technology, engineering, and math?
How does art-making enhance scientific learning? Find out more in this article I wrote for a recent STEM Conference (View Here)
The arts engage children’s senses in open-ended play and develop important cognitive and social/emotional skills. Art offers children the ability to think critically and solve problems in a systematic and organized way.
Art materials provide INQUIRY OPPORTUNITIES.
Art materials provide exciting physical contacts and new ways to solve problems.
Through sensory play with material objects, children learn complex thinking skills and learn to respond, adapt and discover new ways to operate. Children (and adults, too) learn best when their five senses are actively and physically engaged.
Check out the Salt Crystal Coffee Filter lesson plan here, it’s a smART lesson plan so it outlines the cognitive, social, emotional, and motor skills that are gained by doing this activity. You can create these with any size coffee filter and simple materials you probably have on hand. Substitute food coloring for liquid watercolor if you need to, but get yourself some liquid watercolor soon, it’s the greatest!
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