Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics

Ministry Standards ADST

What is STEAM?

Our Definition of S.T.E.A.M. Education

An Integrated Approach to Teaching:

S: Physical and Social SCIENCES

T: Incorporation of TECHNOLOGY

E: Principles of ENGINEERING and Design

A: All aspects of the ARTS (LA, Fine ART etc)

M: Application of MATHEMATICS

To further understand the pedagogy of STEAM review this Education Closet website on arts integration into STEM.

STREAM includes the addition of Religion or the relationship aspects of working with your students in hands on projects, making mistakes, taking risks, correcting mistakes and producing or making something work.  Hooking your students in by reading stories, which include design thinking skills , and aspects of inventing will help your students grasp the concepts of making.  Whether teaching at home or in the classroom the teacher and parent is the facilitator of the learning and the student is empowered to learn through the design thinking process from a Biblical worldview.

What is the STEAM Process?  If you are just starting out discovering this pedagogy check out the How to STEAM page 

To understand more with regards to Design Thinking skills check out this website Teach Engineering which covers the engineering process and mindset and give examples of meeting curricular goals.

STEAM activities include sharing the Big ideas or curricular standards you would like to focus on from each grade in the science curriculum.  Once you have discovered the focus you can open up the concepts by reading from some of our inquiry based picture books on Overdrive under STEAM in the Collections tab.   Share the main big ideas, and start the dialogue.

Technology implies using some form of technology to learn either with a digital tool or device.  This could be used in the student sharing application when it comes time to present, or during the research stage such as reading an e book on Overdrive or researching an animal on Pebble Go database.

Engineering could include simple engineering ideas like using Keva planks to build different structures or Dash Robots to discover simple coding design sequences.

The art process could be completed in drawing out the design thinking process or making an artistic design like sculpture. Check our Teachers Pay Teachers for design thinking worksheets.

Mathematics is intrinsically linked via measuring out design structures and completing calculations as you complete a project or compare data.

Here are some great places to discover STEAM lesson plans:

On Overdrive eBook Library you will find many curated collections under the Collections Tab and Curriculum Tab.  Sign into Overdrive and then click on the following tabs under Collections.

  • Inquiry-Based Learning including Picture books.
  • MakerEd/Design Thinking
  • Growth Mindset
  • Core Competency K -Gr 3 Creative Thinking
  • Computational Thinking/Coding/Robotics

Then under Curriculum you can also find materials by grade under the subject ADST.

  • Find out more about STEM careers with this World of Work career book on STEM careers by Diane Lindsey Reeves.  Print off some lesson plans based on copyright provided.
  • STEM in the World of Work series provides an age-appropriate and interactive introduction to the nationally recognized Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics career pathway using informal self-assessment elements, career profiles, informative sidebar features, and back matter activities.
  • STEM Trailblazers series covers famous STEM astronauts, engineers and physicists.
  • Discover grade level workbooks on STEM from grade K-5.  Engaging tasks and detailed rubrics will help you understand the STEM process and how to apply the standards.
  • STEM series workbooks by Mark Twain media have been created by the NCSS (National Science Education Standards)  to help you connect your students in the middle grades to real life science, such as food production and alternative energy.
  • STEM to Story helps you connect fiction to science.  Ever wanted to write science fiction, make a planet Oobleck with simple ingredients, or engineer airplanes?  This book is for all grades and has simple lesson plans, which will help walk you through each stage of the process.
  • The STEM Labs series is a lovely middle grade series of workbooks which provides labs that cover topics like geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.
  • Complete Classroom Press workbooks are jam packed with activities, many of which are STEM or Inquiry  related. Just type in the keyword “Complete Classroom Press” and you will find tons!
  • Inquiry Picture books are perfect for introducing Big Ideas and sharing the topic of interest.  Simply sign into the Overdrive eLibrary, click on Collections , and look for our Inquiry Picture book tab.  
  • Cubelets (Available in Insignia for families, groups)
  • Dash robots (Available in Insignia for students and groups K-6)
  • Keva Planks (large sets available in our Learning Commons for groups. Keva BrainBuilders available for families via Insignia)
  • Knex Kits (Available for groups)
  • Lego Education – including Lego Mindstorms (Middle grades and up), Early Simple Machines and We-do (primary grades) available for Learning Camps and Community Connections.
  • Snap Circuits Junior (Available for families).
  • Sphero robots (Available for families)

What is the STEAM Process?  If you are just starting out discovering this pedagogy check out the How to STEAM page 

To understand more with regards to Design Thinking skills check out this website Teach Engineering which covers the engineering process and mindset and give examples of meeting curricular goals.


Videos to watch!

STEAM Integration Using Subscriptions Gr. K – 5

In BrainPop click on Science-> Topics and -> Units

Also Engineering and Tech:  Inventions, Innovations and Discoveries

In Explora Primary go to:

Educator resources:

Lesson Plans; STEM lessons

Student Tools; Engineer Tools

Curriculum Standards; STEAM Instruction and the Common Core

Gizmos Science grade 3 and up has some awesome STEM graphing tools and allows students to manipulate data in real time.  As students experiment with projects they learn to apply new concepts.

In Pebble Go discover many sub topics under Science including;

  • Technology,
  • Methods of Making Art,
  • Science and Engineering Practices,
  • Measurements, Shapes,
  • Inventions,
  • Earth
  • Space Science and Math.

Science Power is an amazing source aligned for BC curriculum for all things STEM related with:

  • Ask a Scientist,
  • Science Lab,
  • Featured Scientist,

In this wonderful hands on coding subscription explore the language of coding and STEM lesson plans included at K-4 grade level. Students will learn sequencing skills, math, and science exploration as they make apps, manipulate data and explore basic programming.