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I am sure you have heard of STEAM based learning but you may still be a little unsure of what it really means. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics and STEAM education is a method that focuses on these subjects in schools. It is an integrated approach to learning that encourages students to think more broadly about real-world problems.
When I heard about Galileo and how they implement STEAM into their camps, I was immediately intrigued. Since 2002, Galileo has been shaping a new generation of innovators by teaching kids to explore, make mistakes (and learn from them!), and create without fear. Drawing from the innovation process inspired by the Stanford d. School, Galileo’s curriculum packs serious substance and sparks kids’ imaginations from pre-K through 8th grade. Sounds great, right?!
I recently receiving the Zoom, Fly, Bolt, Blast Steam Handbook, which implements the same ideas as Galileo Camps, including STEAM based learning and creating. This book is filled with so many fun and imaginative ways to create for all ages! The instructions are easy for my six-year-old to understand. We selected a couple of really fun and educational activities that Kolton really wanted to create. He enjoyed coming with me to a couple of craft stores to find the materials and we made it like a scavenger hunt. But of course it is always more fun with a buddy, so a playdate was in order.
Kolton’s best friend, Deyvin from school came over and they really want to build the Straw Tower from the handbook. Challenge accepted! I was so impressed with the way the worked together and followed the instructions.
The next day, when the sun came out, we decided to have Kolton’s cousins come over to help us create a bow and arrow from our Zoom, Fly, Bolt, Blast Steam Handbook, made from craft sticks, string, masking tape and straws. My children have been asking for a real bow and arrow since they first watched Disney’s Brave, so I figured this would be a fun treat from them!
I must admit, the bow and arrow was a lot of fun for ME too! I used to love shooting real bow and arrows when I was younger, and the idea of aiming and shooting at a target brought back some fun memories! My kids are asking me everyday what they can create next! Luckily, summer is just ahead, and this handbook will definitely be coming in handy!
It is very important for my children to have a balanced summer, with at-home projects AND camps like Galileo! I want them to learn to explore and create. After all, they can only learn through their own mistakes and through trial and error!