By the title of this blog post, you most likely have no idea what I will be talking about. This blog will not be about plants, nor will it be about something produced from a factory. Let me explain. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and is a term used for related education. STEM becomes STEAM when you add an A for Arts into the mix. One great example of STEAM is the Methods for Teaching Dance class offered on campus.
Every semester, Towson University (TU) Dance Majors prepare and implement dance classes that are geared to teaching the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum of Baltimore City. Through a TU Service-Learning Grant obtained with help from the Office of Civic Engagement, students are able to travel to the Baltimore IT Academy (BIT) to bring STEM to life in the classroom.
TU Dance Majors get the real world experience of designing and applying education through dance and the BIT students get a unique and fun learning opportunity mixed with physical exercise and a great social experience as they connect 1:1 with TU students. To benefit families and the community, a final performance of creative projects is shared at the end of the semester. Last year the course was able to reach 25 students and 15 dance education majors by teaching the Rock Cycle of the earth through movement.
With a Service-Learning Course such as this, the school wins by adding to their academic curriculum, the community wins by having a way to tie everyone together, and TU students win the real-world experience of applying their education.