Welcome to the STEAM-Powered Classroom! STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, where education and life are deliciously intertwined. Here we incorporate the home, public school, private tutors, university offerings, online education, and entrepreneurship. We value creativity, hands-on learning, child-centered approaches, insatiable curiosity, empowerment, and compassion. We seek to make ourselves the very best we can be so that we can in turn have a positive impact on our crazy, complicated world.
At STEAMPoweredClassroom.com, you’ll find personal examples of the authors’ educational journeys, book and resource recommendations, curricula and project ideas, musings on education philosophy, and practical advice to help you get your child the best education possible. We love to connect people with fabulous resources, and will support you in any way we can. We always respond to reader comments and questions, so please feel free to use them!
Why STEAM-Powered Classroom?
The emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has been sweeping our country’s educational reform movement for some time now, as there is a general feeling that we are short-changing our students in these areas. However, many advocates feel the arts are also an area where we are woefully lacking, and its omission is stunting our kids’ development of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking; these folks add the letter “A” for arts, creating the acronym “STEAM.” At STEAM-Powered Classroom, we are generous to the “A” and let it include the humanities and music as well. We feel that the empathy, critical thinking, and human expression gained from studying the humanities and the arts are essential to helping us develop as thoughtful human beings. We also feel that connecting kids to STEM careers is only one of many positive outcomes of a vibrant, interdisciplinary education.
Steampunk, for the uninitiated, is an artistic movement and science fiction sub-genre that’s been gaining popularity over the last decade or so. Stay with me here: imagine being transported back into the Victorian era, but having a lot more technology and badassness. This is the essence of Steampunk. There are a lot of brass and leather workings, rivets, goggles, and dirigibles (AKA blimps), and of course everything is steam-powered. It’s an aesthetic that takes the old and re-imagines it with a little more funk, and a lot more tech. That’s kind of what we’re trying to do in our home. We’re honoring the parts of education that work and tinkering with them, making them more funky, more relevant, and more beautiful. If you still don’t have a grasp of Steampunk, just give it a Google and click on “Images.” You’ll get the idea.
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