The RCDC STEM project was written by Mary-Ann Vandergugten and Leslie Scholtens during the summer of 2017 with support from the Reformed Curriculum Development Committee.
In the words of the authors:
STEM/STEAM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Art added to STEM – ‘STEAM’ encourages younger children to be creative and critical in their thinking skills. STEM/STEAM activities beckon children to be curious about the world around them. The hands on learning activities in primary grades are excellent teaching strategies to integrate sensory play, as well as tactile, whole body learning. STEM lessons are open-ended activities that take learning beyond the paper and pencil to real world contexts.
STEM/STEAM is the integration of the 4 (5) subject areas mentioned above. They are intended make connections between at least 2 or more of those subject areas. STEM is usually project-based and focuses on collaborative learning. In a primary setting, there is an element of play in each lesson. “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is the work of childhood.” (Fred Rogers)
Most of the activities in this collection involve nature and natural objects - bringing the learning outside or bringing the outside into the classroom. We wanted the children to become more aware of God’s creation and design - finding enjoyment and wonder in their natural world.
The Word document below contains an overview of the project, while the .zip file contains the entire project.