S.T.E.A.M. is a multidisciplinary approach to learning and a big buzz word in education:
T - Technology (using tools, being inventive, understanding how things work)
E - Engineering (solving problems, designing and building things that work)
A - Arts (creativity, design, open ended activities, music and language arts)
M - Math (sequencing, patterning, matching, calculation, exploring shapes, volume, and size)
When we integrate STEAM into everyday play and learning we help support and inspire the innovators of tomorrow!
This December we explored COLOR with a STEAM lens. Check out some of our awesome projects!
On one side of the spinner was the basic color wheel and the kids designed their own colors and patterns on the other side.
HUGE thank you to Mama Sara and Papa Jeff for helping prepare all the recycled cardboard circles for our spinner toys!
White light is made up of all the colors of the rainbow!
When the plants and skies start to look gray and dreary outside, it's a great time to bring more color to our inside projects.
Step 1: Take a coffee filter and fold it in 1/2.
Huge thanks to Mama Rachel for helping to cut up so many shapes for us to create with!
Our prompt was "How do you feel when you look at this color?"
Rainbow ABC Yoga!
For the rainbow milk experiment, they draw/write out their hypothesis and then we do the experiment. After the experiment they create a conclusion and compare it to their original hypothesis.
What do you think will happen to the colors in this milk if we add a little soap to it?
We first filled a jar halfway with vegetable oil. Then we added a few drops of food coloring (which are mostly water). The food coloring did not mix with oil and sank as little bubbles to the bottom. The kids then slowing added water until the jar was near full. The water sunk to the bottom and the food coloring dissolved into the water making a blue layer! The oil floated on the top and its original color was unchanged
Science - Observing changes when combining wet and dry, and applying heat
Technology - Using tools; whisks, blenders, scoops, ovens
Engineering - What's the most efficient way to get the mix into the muffin pan?
Arts - Presentation, choosing ingredients, celebrating cultures/customs
Math - Measuring, volume, counting, adding fractions, following a sequence
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup low sugar or stevia sweetened chocolate chips
- Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
- 2 1/4 cups raw sunflower seed kernels ground into flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup whole psyllium husks
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 egg