Small Factory Integrates STEAM Into Classes and Programs
STEM education has been one of the most talked about subjects in our country. The applied, project-based way of teaching and learning integrates the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math together to solve real-world challenges and problems. It’s viewed as the key solution to improve educational performance and solve the workforce development problems our nation faces. Recently, however STEM education has evolved into something greater since its development. After realizing that the tools and methods of art and design offer new models for creative problem-solving and interdisciplinary partnership, the movement has evolved from STEM into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).
At Small Factory, we have been offering STEAM activities since our doors opened in 2007.
STEAM education promotes bridging the gap between business and educational goals to create a more productive and sustainable global culture based on teamwork. Scientists, artists and designers must develop new ways of working together and new modes of research and education. This will keep America at the forefront of innovation, ensuring our sustained global leadership and cultural prosperity in the 21st century.
Recent research has proven that art education helps students excel in other academic subjects. According to a study by the National Endowment for the Arts, students from lower socio-economic backgrounds who actively participated in the arts tended to score better in science and writing, and were more likely to aspire to college.
Small Factory understands that arts education is important to creativity and that creativity is an essential component of innovation, which is necessary to develop new industries in the future. That is why we integrate STEAM education into our classes and workshops throughout the year.
Our 3D Printing class allows students to use computer modeling and 3D printing technology to create their very own action figure, and our Bricks 4 Kidz Robotics class, where students program LEGO® robots to perform tasks, are just some of our programs that use a combination of science, technology, engineering, art and math to teach students.
We have also launched a “Maker Space and Open Studio” Membership program for students of all ages currently enrolled in Small Factory’s classes. In addition to giving the students unrestricted time in our Fair Haven studio, we will also be holding a new STEAM based activity every week. These activities include Robotics, Make a Flash Light, How to Soder and Create A Catapult. An instructor will be on-site to assist when needed. Students may come and go as much as they please during specific days and times.
Read more about our “Maker Space and Open Studio” Membership here.
Art and design will transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the last century. As the nation works together to promote the importance of STEAM education, we will advance towards creating a better world for our children and future generations.