STEAM is the common shorthand for an international movement dedicated to fostering advances in educational technology and integrated, project-based instruction to revitalize science education.
The approach is summed up in the phrase that gives rise to its acronym: Science & Technology, interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. STEAM certification is increasingly recognized as the gold-standard of international science education for teachers and schools and has been promoted by NASA, Columbia University, numerous fortune 500 companies, and President Obama’s flagship Educate to Innovate initiative.
STEAM pedagogy, particularly in primary education, is guided by thematic units rather than compartmentalized subjects and much of classroom time is given over to assisting students with supervised collaborative projects. Time spent receiving information while seated is minimal, students instead are enjoined to learn by doing.