"This year our focus will be on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), and the powerful connection and potential they play in early learning experiences. As an educational approach that supports thoughtful risks, experiential learning, creative problem solving and collaboration, STEAM education is a perfect fit for today’s early learning environments. It allows us to build on our image of young children as innovators, leaders and learners of the 21st century by weaving science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics throughout our programs and guiding children’s inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking." From the ECEPRC, Website
Within my research I have come to an article called, From STEM to STEAM to STREAM in ECE by Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. Within it shares these acronyms , STEM, STEAM, STREAM, AND STRREAM. I think this is just the beginning of my research.
Coped from her page,
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These have been considered core learning areas for the 21st century.
STEAM – Advocates for arts-based learning have called for the integration of the Arts (Robelen, 2011).
STREAM – Now we have competing acronyms as others have called for the inclusion of reading and writing into the core learning areas.
"I would like to add relationships to the mix. One of the key messages of the book Stick and Stone is about relationships specifically friendships and bullying. So my question is – how about STRREAM? I would also suggest that if you follow the STRREAM outside you will see that learning and develop begins outdoors in nature! Children belong in nature; it is in their nature. Being able to play freely in and with nature is vital to children’s healthy development while supporting their learning in wondrous ways." Diane Kashin
There is another article, called S.T.E.A.M in the Early Childhood Classroom there is a huge amount of info, videos, and other links to go though on this topic.