Smithsonian Science Kits for kids or adults involve STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Add the 'A' for Arts and you have STEAM.
STEM and STEAM represent a unique philosophy of teaching that incorporates four disciplines in the case of STEM, and five in the case of STEAM.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
When you include the 'A' in STEM, you add the value of art, which is key to tackling problems and finding the right solutions, both in the workplace and in our everyday lives.
This teaching philosophy encourages skills that apply to the real world; and in our everyday lives, since most tasks we undertake require more than one skill set.
Think of STEM and STEAM as weaving all the subjects together to create one fabric, rather than stitching together individual pieces of material like a quilt.
By using the principles of integration in STEM and STEAM, children (and adults too!) are better able to handle life's challenges, both technical and practical in nature.
At Family Games America and its related retail site, Toys Games Puzzles, we offer an array products that incorporate STEM and STEAM into learning in fun ways!
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