STEAM learning involves the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math to solve real-world problems. It is an educational approach that encourages learning for learning’s sake.
STEAM lessons incorporate a cross-disciplinary approach and integrate the engineering design process to solve complex problems. Student teamwork and creativity play an important role. This article on the Six Characteristics of a Great STEM Lesson and the STEAM Education section on the Education Closet website both provide excellent information for those of you wanting to know more about the basics of STEAM.
STEAM Resources & Activities for Music Teachers
In music lessons, the science of sound, instrument-making, exploring pitch, and visualising sound provide perfect areas of study for students. Here are some ideas and articles to get you started with your own STEAM lessons:
- Build Your Own Bubble Flute
- 7 Ways for Kids to See the Sounds
- Pitch in Jars Experiment
- Enjoy Teaching Sound
- Craft Stick Harmonica
- Make Homemade Music With These 6 DIY Instruments
- LEGO Mindstorms Music Box
- The Phenomenon of Sound: Waves
- DIY iPhone Speaker to Learn About Sound
- Mandala, Music and Math Unit
- Amy Burns STEAM lesson for Grade 3
- Amy Burns STEAM lesson PreK
- Cherie Herring – Chladni Patterns, Tonoscope and Green Screen Magic
- Cherie and Amy presented a session at TMEA 2017 titled STEAM in the Elementary Classroom – they have a useful handout from that session here.
- Also, feel free to take a look at my Pinterest board STEAM for Music Teachers. I have several resources listed there, and I’ll be adding more in the coming months.
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