Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math or STEAM is about integrating creative thinking and applied arts and real life situations. Art is not about working with paints in a studio. It is about discovering and applying innovative ideas towards problem solving, integrating principles or present information. It starts with a child’s inquisitive curiosity and develops into a lifelong love for science. 

Hopefully the need for online tutoring services courtesy COVID 19 will start to diminish and students will be back in classrooms. Things may not be normal as before soon but still schools would need to keep improvising on their pedagogy. 

Inquiry based and hands approach will stimulate curiosity. Children will learn much more when they discover things for themselves. To preschoolers nothing should be taught separately. Reading, writing, math, art should be taught holistically. 

The power of early childhood development is catching them young. The early exposure they may have with science and technology will ignite the spark in them and lead to foundational language acquisition at an early age. For example, you could give them a Robotic toy to play with. Give simple instructions for its operation. They would want to touch it and play with it. You may then want to tell them how a robot works, how it is developed, what all it can do for us and types of robots all around us. Some may even want to take it apart and then try to fix it. This exploration may trigger that lifelong interest of technology in them. 

Next comes the merging of art with science lessons. As mentioned above, let them explore and learn through hands-on experiences. You may ask them to paint some feathers or give coloured feathers to throw from different heights. Use a stopwatch to see whose took longest to hit the floor. You could show the students how to program the robot so that when they do it themselves they feel the joy of exploring and a sense of accomplishment. 

Source: eSchool News