What is STEAM and why is it important?
STEAM is an educational approach that promotes the combination of science, technology, engineering, arts and math as a way of encouraging comprehensive learning. STEAM encourages an individual to use techniques from different fields to solve a problem by using a different approach. Examples include using technology to solve a math problem or incorporating the principles of art to influence science.
Our STEAM programs inspire students to be curious, take risks, and engage in creative problem-solving methods, shaping skills for the next generation of leaders and innovators. The number of STEAM jobs is increasing rapidly and we are actively creating programs and activities for kids and teens to embrace everything that STEAM has to offer.
We are so passionate about STEAM that we have commissioned a mural installation on the entire back of our gym wall facing Chestnut Street. The mural includes information, fun facts and colorful illustrations to better explain each of the five disciplines. It’s never too late to learn and we invite you to visit and experience our STEAM installation in person. There are lots of opportunities for selfies and social media and if you have already visited our mural, don’t forget to share and use #STEAMatTELHI
This Month’s STEAM Ambassador!
"It's important for our kids to have access to STEAM education because there is a need to prepare today's youth to be successful innovators in the 21st century workforce. STEAM educations teach kids how to problem solve, be creative and think critically, which are skills that are needed in today's world."
Business Banking Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank & TEL HI Board Member
Meet our STEAM Coordinator, Rebekah!
Rebekah brings 5+ years of experience connecting young people with the natural world and is passionate about equipping young people with the mindsets, relationships and skills needed to rise to the challenge of curbing climate change. She spends half of her time running the garden education program at Francisco Middle School through TEL HI’s Beacon Initiative, and the rest of the time setting goals, coordinating partnerships and aligning STEAM education across four TEL HI sites. She holds a degree in Women’s Studies & Sustainability Studies from the University of Florida. In her free time, Rebekah organizes for climate justice, tends her backyard garden and cooks big vegetarian meals.
Our STEAM Team
"I believe STEAM education is important because it’s a visual and tangible learning approach that encourages youth to cooperate and explore their creative ingenuity. We are introducing the students to new tools and solutions required to tackle tomorrow’s problems. Steam Education places emphasis on project-based assignments that are intended to prepare children and young adults for exciting jobs in the near future. So much inspiration and information can be found within each letter that STEAM represents. Growing up I’ve had an Art class in every level of education I’ve received. It has allowed me to find work in a new city that I now call home, and it has placed me around many creative like-minded individuals that are now life long friends."
“While it's true that the current workforce demands more science and technology proficient individuals, using STEAM to educate young people should provide more than just a job. STEAM education is the intersection of multiple disciplines so young people can participate in problem-solving through an accessible medium. So as we continue to expose and practice learning using facets of STEAM we hope to engage our students? creative ability and critical thinking skills through interdisciplinary and project-based learning. Important results are that young people become independent learners, solve worldly issues, and pave their own path of success.”