Get into the STEAM!

How STEAM Inspires Kids, Educators to Act Locally, Think Globally

As technology continues to evolve and impact society in countless ways, educators have been tasked with preparing the next generation to navigate an ever-changing world.  Unfortunately, in most academic instruction, children are in a passive or receptive mode instead of a more active, or even interactive, mode.
Research is quite clear that the best practice in early childhood education is to break away from passive instruction and allow for more play and investigation,  and take initiative in their own learning.   
Avishkaar Box aim to transform the way students study and perceive Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (also known as STEAM) by literally bringing innovation to their doorsteps.

Teaching STEAM to Early Avishkaarors

Many parents and teachers wonder, at what age is it appropriate to start teaching STEAM? The answer is: It is never too early.

The most important thing to remember about teaching STEAM to children is that they are perfectly adapted to learn STEAM concepts. The secret is to tap into their natural and innate curiosity about the living world. 

How do we recommend you do this?  
The simple strategy of building students' confidence and making them feel like experts is : ask “what” questions rather than “why” questions. 
“Why” questions imply that there is a correct answer. "Why do birds have feathers?" 

“What” questions, on the other hand, focus on what they are noticing and doing, and can be springboards for teachers and students to investigate together. "What are those ants doing?" and "What shapes do you see in those rocks?" are questions that invite children to observe, communicate, and be the "experts." 

Ask questions, encourage more exploration and provide more opportunities to return to these types of settings. Give children chances to investigate an idea in a variety of settings, all in ways that are naturally engaging to them. This is what educators call cross-contextual learning. 

The Way ahead!
We need to work together to change the status quo for our nation’s children. Our hopes for a vibrant democracy hinge upon a foundation of STEAM education. Therefore, we need to encourage best practices in STEAM from the get-go. One of the best practices in teaching and learning is to make learning relevant as well as engaging. And this is what STEAM Boxes will do!

Stay tuned for more updates on the STEAM Box release!

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