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difference between stem and steamIn today's world, students need to be prepared for the modern workplace when they graduate. While standardized testing, sitting quietly in class, taking notes, and reciting facts from memory all serve a purpose, educators are coming together to support a new way of teaching that allows children to gain essential skills. 

These skills attempt to go beyond traditional evaluation techniques, worksheets, and even STEM's scientific methodology.

Many of the skills taught in the classroom are soft skills that are learned through interactions and group projects. The incorporation of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in the classroom helps students develop soft skills such as:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration on Tasks and Projects
  • Technology Literacy
  • Computational Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Social Skills

However, STEAM takes things a step further for students. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) is an educational movement that challenges traditional teaching and learning practices. It not only helps young students prepare for the future, but also helps them become thoughtful, creative collaborators along the way. 

In the classroom, there are numerous questions concerning STEAM and STEAM, including "Is it STEAM or STEM?" or "What is the difference between a traditional classroom and a STEAM classroom?".

What Is STEAM Education?

STEAM education is a branch of STEM education that emphasizes not just the basic subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics but also the arts. While STEM teaches practical mathematics, computing, and scientific subjects, the arts are often overlooked despite their importance in the learning process. 

When educators think of the arts, they think of visual arts, but STEAM includes digital design, language arts, music, and performing arts. Many STEM projects need an aspect of creativity, communication, and teamwork. Without the arts, projects may not reach their full potential.

​​Through STEAM, students are empowered to be inquisitive learners who seek creative solutions to questions they can't just search online, leading students to develop the soft and hard skills necessary to succeed in higher education and in their careers.

Emmanuel Lutheran STEAM Asheville, NC

STEAM focuses on mathematical, scientific reasoning, and inquiry-based learning, whereas STEAM has an artistic component that encourages experimentation, creativity, and exploration. 

Emmanuel Lutheran School in Asheville is western North Carolina's first and only Christian Parochial Christian STEAM school, empowering and motivating students to do great things beyond their middle school experiences through the use of technology and the arts. 

If you are moving to the area or an Asheville resident interested in enrolling your child in a private school, please contact us today to learn more about how Emmanuel incorporates STEAM into our daily curriculum and to schedule a tour.