STEAM education is an integrated approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics to guide students and open their minds to the world around them. Advancing on the foundation of STEM, which embraces creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication, STEAM complements by further embracing curiosity and connection.
Hands-on education and experiential learning afford students a unique opportunity to gain an understanding and awareness for how they learn. Through this awareness, relevant and purposeful learning occurs. The concepts of STEAM are woven throughout programs that align with business and industry demands. Students learn and develop employable skills that are job specific: leadership, initiative, entrepreneurship, reliability, planning and organizing, critical thinking, problem solving, communications, teamwork.
STEAM empowers faculty to employ project-based learning that crosses each of the five disciplines of STEAM into technical programming. This fosters an inclusive learning environment in which all students are able to engage, collaborate, problem solve and contribute. Instead of teaching mathematics separate from a technical skill, the concepts can be taught together. This intentional connection highlights the complementary nature of the concepts and leads to creativity and innovation in thinking and learning.
Our current and future students will move into the world of work with flexible, expandable minds fueled by a greater understanding of history, mathematics, art and language.
As North Dakota’s Polytechnic Institution, BSC will generate the STEAM that fuels our students’ success.