After some preliminary research I have found 3 main aspects of STEAM that I would like to focus on for my inquiry project.
- Should STEAM be primarily teacher directed or student directed?
- What are helpful classroom management strategies to assure a STEAM project is a success?
- How can STEAM projects be assessed?
This blog post will focus on number 1 ‘should STEAM be primarily teacher directed or student directed’. Upon further research I realised there is no one clear answer to this question. STEAM can be structured on a spectrum, with teacher directed on one end and student directed on the other. How you structure these projects may be dependent on many things, perhaps you are working with a high energy class that needs a bit more structure, or perhaps you want to give students as little guidance as possible to see what they can come up with independently.
Below is an article about student led STEM (comparable to STEAM).