How to integrate across subjects?LWS's STEAM Curriculum

时间: 2020年09月04日 10:54 - 2020年09月04日 10:54
地点: 上海美高双语学校

From the current environment most of the STEAM education institutions and schools only setup part of the curriculum and focus on the "programming" and "robot" two keywords. Some parents also put STEAM education and these two keywords and draw an equal sign. But is STEAM education just about programming and robotics?




First lets take a look at the source of the word STEAM. STEAM is not STEAM at first but STEM. Science, technology, engineering and math, spells "STEM". The United States reflected on the decline in the quality of mathematics, science and technology, science and other disciplines in its basic education, and then joined arts to become more comprehensive. STEAM education hopes to achieve the integration of disciplines, which can better solve the problems in real life.


STEAM education focuses on the connections between learning, the real world, and the learning process, rather than the knowledge results reflected in the test paper. At the same time, STEAM education advocates a new teaching method: let students complete the life related projects that they are interested in, and learn various disciplines and interdisciplinary knowledge from the process. If we look at STEAM education from the point of view of solving problems in real life, the current programming courses and robot courses are far from enough.


In order to meet the needs of future society of science and technology for technical talents, Living Word Shanghai Bilingual School began to introduce STEAM courses last year. It is hoped that through STEAM courses, students can better understand different knowledge points, shorten the distance between academics and real life. It will stimulate their interest, cultivating their critical thinking, and practical abilities.

Our curriculum is designed to be people-oriented and close to the characteristics of children and teenagers. With various scientific educational courses, activities and experiments, we can achieve "learning by playing, playing, doing, learning by doing" in learning, including Chinese, mathematics, English, physics, computer, artificial intelligence, engineering technology and other related knowledge, to stimulate children's natural imagination and creative ability. To achieve a multi-dimensional and three-dimensional knowledge framework, cultivate their hands-on ability, logical thinking ability, teamwork ability, leadership, social adaptability, expressiveness and solve problems, etc.


The core of Living Word Shanghai Bilingual School STEAM education is: finding problems → designing solutions → solving problems by using knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics → using rational methods to verify solutions. It does not seek to let children master the knowledge of doing specific things or solving specific problems, but emphasizes mastering a method of thinking. And we have sorted out the corresponding age characteristics of education programs for each age group.





In order to adapt to the future, we must be creative and interdisciplinary.

In the future, we need to explore more algorithms and some integration across science subjects and so on. Therefore, artificial intelligence in the next stage not only has a very broad application prospect, but also has many challenges. For such a rapidly changing era, robots as an effective tool to enhance students' hands-on ability, promote students' thinking development and innovative ability training, has been highly recognized in the education sector.

Living Word Shanghai Bilingual School STEAM education, which not only has the advantages of robot toys, but also has a special robot education research and development system, is an important content of talent training in the field of education in the future era of artificial intelligence. It plays an important role in training children's practical ability, creativity and imagination.

We spend time guiding students to observe, practice, discover, think and even discuss, so that students can draw conclusions through their own thinking and experience. It is this "slow teaching" which focuses on the thinking method, which gives children the ability to draw inferences from one instance and bypass others by analogy, and stimulates their imagination and innovation consciousness.



From the self-assessments of some children who have studied STEAM courses since childhood, we seem to see countless moments, confident, full of strength and fearless for the future... What robots bring to them are not only offers from world-famous schools, but also other life-long benefits!



Now that the Living Word Shanghai Bilingual School has been running for six years, we try our best to create unique opportunities for students to use their brains and hands, so as to best cultivate students' abilities. If students want to succeed in the real world, they can't just sit in the classroom, they must be able to apply their knowledge to reality, learn to think, learn to design, learn to cooperate, and learn to solve problems!

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