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What is STREAM Education?

Updated on June 23, 2019

Stream Education

Development of education system is needed to be able to prepare young learners for innovation in technology.

What is STREAM?

The STREAM education promotes 21st century skills, which includes collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. It is a comprehensive, unique and holistic educational approach that integrates Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M) into the teaching and learning process. This approach allows the students to apply their learning in real life situations. It aims to hone student to become equipped as future leaders and critical thinkers.

STEM, STEAM, and STREAM in Basic Comparison

STEM is basically the integration of Science, Technology, English, and Math. STEAM is the integration of STEM with an addition of A, which is Art. STREAM is the integration of STEAM with and addition of R: Reading and wRiting, in the belief that students should have literacy to be able to communicate effectively which is an important aspect of human interactions. Thus, adding these skillset to the existing STEAM education system.

Benefits of STREAM Education

  • It promotes 21st century skills.
  • It unleashes the inner creativity of students which is required in any discipline.
  • Multidisciplinary, holistic, shows variation, means less boring.
  • It gives students breather from the technicalities of STEM.
  • It allows application of learning to real life situations.
  • It encourages student engagement.
  • It promotes hands on learning making students well-rounded.
  • Student centered learning.
  • It makes learning a fun experience.

Learning through STEAM and STEAM is not enough. It also needs to have critical and creative thinking offered by reading and writing. Reading and writing may be basic but it is the foundation of learning. An article by Root & Bernstein (2011),

Those who have not mastered their own language, and do not understand how to parse it and manipulate it to their own ends, are in no position to master the use of a STEM language. This, in fact, is the conclusion of a recent series of articles in the journal Science (Woodford 1967, Miyake et al. 2010). Mastery of the English language, these articles concluded, is a prerequisite to scientific success and demonstrably improves performance in STEM courses.

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