What is STEAM Education?
“An approach to teaching and lifelong learning that emphasizes the
natural interconnectedness of the five separate STEAM
disciplines–Science, Technology, Engineering, Artistic Innovation, and
Mathematics. The connections are made explicit through collaboration between educators resulting in a real and appropriate context built into instruction, curriculum, and assessment. The common element of problem-solving is emphasized across all STEAM disciplines allowing students to
discover, explore, and apply critical thinking skills as they learn.”
Why we are here
Ours was one of six regional hubs awarded a total of $2.8 million in state funds in February 2014. The Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub was awarded
$325,000 to build a solid infrastructure to provide STEAM education in
Douglas County. The hubs represent 21 counties and are working, among
other goals, to double the number of students who earn post-secondary
degree requiring proficiency in STEM fields. Our hub is targeted to impact Douglas County youth and provide professional development support for adults serving youth.
Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub goals include
Uniting schools, nonprofit groups, businesses, and civic leaders to drive
education for these types of opportunities
- Engaging students early in STEAM-related classroom activities and
- Assisting in a statewide goal to double the percentage of students in
fourth and eighth grades who are proficient or advanced in mathematics
and science, as determined by a national assessment.
- Increasing the number of students who earn a post-secondary degree
requiring proficiency in STEM fields.
Why STEM? Why Now?
Science, Education, Engineering and Mathematics are four crucial 21st
century skills with a high demand in the workforce. In Douglas County,
the “A” in STEAM represents the added discipline of art. It recognizes the link between STEM subjects and the artistic component of creative thinking and innovation.