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S.T.E.A.M

At Power and Grace Preparatory Academy (PGPA), we use a specific focus of education referred to as S.T.E.A.M learning. Every Friday from 1:30 to 2:45, we employ project-based learning that crosses each of the five disciplines of S.T.E.A.M.

“Some things will drop out of the public eye and go away, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always be mathematics.”

– Katherine Johnson, Nasa Mathematician (As portrayed in the film Hidden Figures)

Though education is an important part of a child’s growth and development and families strive every day to ensure they are helping promote learning for their children. At Power And Grace Preparatory Academy (PGPA), we use a specific focus of education referred to as S.T.E.A.M learning.

S.T.E.A.M learning is very important because these five disciplines are used in everyday activities. They promote problem-solving skills along with creative and analytical thinking. Many of the jobs that affect our economy include S.T.E.A.M subjects.

 

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Accounting, architecture, medical research, and environmental studies all involve science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, S.T.E.A.M occupations have grown in the last ten years three times faster than non-S.T.E.A.M occupations and S.T.E.A.M occupations are expected to grow by 10% from now until 2020. Non-S.T.E.A.M occupations only grow at a national average of 5-8%.

For this reason, among others, it is never too early to begin introducing S.T.E.A.M learning to your child. Each discipline of S.T.E.A.M helps your child grow and navigate through everyday challenges.

 

Introducing S.T.E.A.M learning can begin simply by pointing out why and how things in our everyday lives work. For example, when something falls to the ground, explain to your child that the object fell due to gravity. Families can also try different activities at home that focus on these five disciplines.

  • Science – Science does not need to be taught through a textbook or through the lab work that some families may remember participating in school. There are so many fun, creative activities that can be done right at home to engage your child in learning more about this discipline. 

Activities can include:

Practicing different ways to add numbers that produces the same answer.
Learning about odd numbers and even numbers.
Learning about different coins and bills and how to add them

Activities can include:

Learn about space using the NASA data from their website.
Research programs or games that help develop typing skills.
Practice reading, writing, or math skills through a fun, educational app.
Engineering – Many children are already taking part in fun engineering activities on a daily because children love to build and create. Here are some great engineering activity ideas outside of the typical building activities.

Activities can include:

Designing and creating straw bridges.
Creating a conveyor belt.
Designing a structure out of cups, sticks, and blocks and testing balance.
Art and Design – The newest discipline that has been added to this specific focus of education calls for children to not only be analytical but creative as well during the process.

Activities can include:

Growing plants from seeds in a jar.
Makeing magnetic slime.
Creating your child’s name out of crystals.
Technology – Technology is all around us and is rapidly progressing each day. These S.T.E.A.M activities not only promote a S.T.E.A.M discipline, but also help prepare a child for their future and the types of skills they will need in their everyday lives.

Activities can include:

Researching what happens when mixing watercolors and oils.
Determining how plants absorb water with food coloring.
Dipping dye craft sticks and building structures with them.
Mathematics – Your child will use math in their everyday lives, and just like technology it is important that families still encourage activities that promote learning about mathematics so children have the proper tools and knowledge they need to be successful.