We have seen that the benefits of STEM and STEAM education are significant in inspiring students to think broadly and solve problems with a hands-on approach on the STEM link. They cultivate meaningful, 21 Century learning and empower students through collaborative exploration and real-world problems. Irrespective of how some critics may view their overall "focus" or "over-focus" on future "employment skills development", as opposed to the holistic development of the whole person, we view STEM and STEAM as the biological DNA of STREAMS and its central role in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).
To summarize, the most obvious benefits of both STEM and STEAM education as we move to 4IR-STREAMS education are to;
So, what are the added benefits of 21 Century S.T.R.E.A.M.S education?
* Fosters ingenuity, creativity and leads to new ideas and innovations:
STREAMS introduces the Creative and Performing Arts in a more holistic way to foster and further enhance a more Mindful, Meaningful, Collaborative and Transformative ingenuity and creativity.
* Builds resilience:
STREAMS adds a more purposeful Mindful, Meaningful and inner, contemplative resilience and flexibility.
* Inspires experimentation:
STREAMS empowers a deeper awareness and a more Sustainable discovery of oneself as a holistic human being in the ever evolving worlds of AI, XR, VR and R+ (Extended/Augmented/Collaborative/ Web-Based/ Fully and Non-Immersive Reality).
* Encourages teamwork:
STREAMS explores teamwork and collaboration in more creatively virtual and transformative ways beyond just a scientific process of ;facts, hypotheses, laws, and theories.
* Motivates knowledge application:
STREAMS boosts the capacity to take Reading and R+, XR, VR and AI to new levels of transformation in Learning, Unlearning and Re-Learning.
* Entices iTech use:
STREAMS explores ever-evolving changes surrounding 21 Century "Reading Skills" towards a digital, social, visual and empathetic literacy surrounding AI, AR, VR, R+ & XR.
* Teaches sustainable problem solving:
STREAMS challenges the learner to also seek out more Sustainable and Holistic solutions and symbioses in more creative, innovative and transformative ways.
* Stimulates holistic adaptation:
STREAMS inspires the learner to adapt in more Artistic, Mindful and Meaningful ways acknowledging that Scientific processes and Beyond, are inextricably entwined with all of humanity.
So as S.T.R.E.A.M.S become the reality of The future of NOW, here is a wonderful look at exactly what the STREAMS of the 4th Industrial Revolution look like today in the centre link and The future of work for kids on the left link and Future Tech 2050 - A Day made of Glass like you never thought possible - right link - ENJOY!
Some final insightful articles and videos, should you wish to find out more BEYOND STEM and STEAM..
And, one last thought to incite debate from Bernard Marr on Forbes, 2019;