STEAM Embraces All The Colors of the Rainbow in 2021
William Jackson, M.Ed. and Professor Aida Jackson
STEAM Educator and WordPress Content Developer
STEM – Science Technology Engineering Math
STEAM – Science Technology Engineering Arts Math
STREAM – Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts Math
Just as the very words are dripping with diversity in the learning
process along with innovative thinking, creativity and bonding
the learning process with hands-on learning through project
based application and instruction that embraces the intellectual
and innovative thinking of students in schools globally.
I’m proud to say that in classrooms like ours, there is a representation
of over 30 global countries. Some countries that are represented
in my classroom: Albania, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ghana,
Haiti, Portugal, Syria, Uruguay, Venezuela, and others.
I’m determined to prepare youth, teens and young adults for future
careers that are being birthed by industry, commerce, global
collaborations and the formation of partnerships that build global
organizations and foundations. Further study in the world that we
live on and how we will one day sail through the stars as it is depicted
in Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Gate, Space 1999 and other SciFi shows.
Even though these television and movies showed worlds where
Artificial technologies, Voice technologies, Nano technologies,
Virtual Realties coexist and allow man to move forward in his
evolutionary journeys away from the planet Earth. There are
still many challenges here on earth that must be faced that our
children will have to address and be prepared with solid
STEAM and other formats are being used in classrooms across the
nation and around the world. Where students are being taught to
be engineers, where students are being encouraged to think like
Artists, where the Arts are brought into the learning of students.
There are endless possibilities of the need to explore and that it is
ok to be a Blerd (Black Nerd), Geek, Nerd and thinking outside of
the box is expected and celebrated.
Being a STEM / STEAM teacher in public education is not just
throwing students on the computer, it is a strategic, planned and
coordinated educational process that builds students to learn new
ways to think, rationalize, understand, process information, collaborate
and branding of knowledge.
STEM / STEAM / STREAM educators are facilitators of learning, we are
not lecturers, we are not play education implementers and we are
not gaming avenues of mindless gaming experiences. We prepare
students to be thought leaders.
Student learning is guided by allowing the students to have creative
thought in how to complete projects. They are given the problem,
provided the parameters of the projects and then the teacher is the
facilitator of learning by guiding through the design process.
Applying a one dimensional process into a digital arena that is solved
in a process of multi-dimensional engagement through computers
and finally building the project to complete the tasks necessary.
Allowing students with different learning modalities
and importantly different languages like Spanish to use
their best tools to make something awesomely wonderful
and expand their knowledge and skills to be future
problem solvers. This process prepares students for
the potential of future careers in STEM and STEAM.
To tailor learning for the individual student in an
environment of learning diversity and innovation.
Student that can learn visually have that, students that
learn auditorally have that, students that learn with
more than one sense have that also. It is built into
the fabric of creativity and innovation. 80% of future
careers will demand some level of technology abilities,
vision, implementation, creativity and innovation.
To prepare students to be future thought leaders, even during a global
pandemic must prepare their students to be the problem solvers, the
creatives, the innovators to not just think out of the box, but not to be
constrained by a box at all. Students must be given free reign sometimes
to explore, build, make, tear down, collaborate, cooperate, argue, fuss
The future is not perfect, it is not defined in a box of instructions,
the future is unpredictable and un-scalable to a point. No
one saw the pandemic coming, not warning, no visions,
no evidence, but it is here and now. How are youth, teens
and young adults in schools being prepared for future events?
Learning in classrooms requires students to think, create,
focus, build, draw, plan, execute, talk, struggle, learn,
challenge their minds and build collaborations.
We (Aida and I) and other educators during the past several
years are building the thought leaders this nation and
the world will need to face the future either in space,
in oceans, in the atmosphere, inside the human body
Parents, schools, businesses and organization must provide learning
that is supportive and empowering of today’s students. Students
must learn to grow together and prepare together. The future
may have more unexpected globally challenges.
The videos show some of the blending of learning elements
that helps students from all walks of life prepare for the coming
evolution and revolution of digital skills, styles and actions.
First Video Contribution
Celebrating the International Space Station by TLAM Students
Building animated logos, understand meaning of building Brand
awareness and incorporating technology
There is a whole lot of STEAMing going on. The Arts, digital
platforms and other learning tools to build their digital
skills sets for future career potentials.
A Whole Lot of STEAMing Going On at TLAM