What we mean by STEM Education
STEM Education is multi-faceted and goes well beyond the main disciplines that constitute the acronym STEM. The foundations for STEM education begin in early childhood. From the earliest years through their play experiences and family environment, children engage with the world in ways that can promote learning related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Young children naturally engage in early STEM exploration through hands-on multisensory and creative experiences. By engaging in these experiences, young children are developing curiosity, inquisitiveness, critical-thinking and problem-solving capacities which are built on through their primary and post-primary school experience.
STEM education not only involves the teaching of these disciplines and subjects in isolation but also involves a cross-disciplinary approach. It builds on the content knowledge and understanding developed in and across the four disciplines, while acknowledging that all STEM learning activities are underpinned by Mathematics. It also recognises the strong linkage between STEM and Arts education which fosters design, creativity and innovation.
September Stem Challenges
Paper Chains- one piece of paper per group, scissors, tape and a trundle wheel. Who can make the longest chain?
Ms. Sexton’s Fifth Class Mrs Devine’s Fifth Class