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STEAM is a progression of the original STEM (scientific, technological, engineering or mathematical), plus one additional element: art. (humanities, language arts, dance, drama, music, visual arts, design and new media) Why the change? The integration of the arts into STEM learning has allowed educators to expand the benefits of hands-on education and collaboration in a variety of was, promoting creativity and curiosity at the core.

STEAM education in schools provides students with the opportunity to learn creatively, using 21st century skills such as problem solving. The Australian Curriculum highlight the importance of these skills for a future Australian workplace. These general capabilities are crucial to growing a future-ready workforce that understands the potential of “what if” when solving problems that occur in real life. They also point us in the direction of 22nd century skills – connection, care, community and culture.

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