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Why is STEAM so Important?

In today’s world, setting students up for future success means exposing them to these disciplines holistically in order to develop their critical thinking skills.

“Education is under pressure to respond to a changing world,” education writer Jeevan Vasagar asserts in a Financial Times article. “As repetitive tasks are eroded by technology and outsourcing, the ability to solve novel problems has become increasingly vital.”

Even for students who don’t choose a career in one of the STEM/STEAM fields, the skills students gain from a STEAM education can be translated into almost any career.

“Educating students in STEM subjects (if taught correctly) prepares students for life, regardless of the profession they choose to follow,” technology innovator and President of Enterra Solutions Stephen F. DeAngelis says in an article in Wired. “Those subjects teach students how to think critically and how to solve problems — skills that can be used throughout life to help them get through tough times and take advantage of opportunities whenever they appear.”

An important part of this educational approach is that students who are taught under a STEAM framework are not just taught the subject matter but they are taught how to learn, how to ask questions, how to experiment and how to create.

(Original Article by Joseph Lathan, PhD on University of San Diego's webpage)

“教育學生 STEM 科目(如果教學正確)可以讓學生為生活做好準備,無論他們選擇從事什麼職業,” 技術創新者兼 Enterra Solutions 總裁 Stephen F. DeAngelis 在《連線》雜誌的一篇文章中說。 “這些科目教學生如何批判性思考和如何解決問題——這些技能可以在一生中使用,幫助他們度過艱難時期,並在機會出現時抓住機會。”

這種教育方法的一個重要部分是,在 STEAM 框架下接受教育的學生不僅被教授主題,而且被教導如何學習、如何提問、如何進行實驗和如何創造。

(Original Article by Joseph Lathan, PhD on University of San Diego's webpage)

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