Sesame Street Endorses STEAM and STEM
The transition from traditional instructional
methods of teaching to the integration of
STEAM and STEM has grown from sporadic
implementation in the classrooms across
the nation to a growing movement that
influences classroom curriculums and
organizational change of personnel and
The planning that teachers are conducting
for classroom instruction and lesson plan
design is changing from the conventional
lecture model that has dominated historically
to the modifications that encourage and demand
STEAM and STEM integration teaching
methodologies. Focusing on a student
centered method of focus. Nikolai P.
Vitti, Ed.D of Duval County Public Schools
strives to maintain a safe, respectful and
inclusive student-centered learning environment
that is focused on equitable.
Teachers use multiple resources to develop
and enhance the sharing of information with
their students, making learning relevant, equitable
and connecting to past and current levels of
understanding that is the foundation for new
and future learning. STEAM and STEM matter
for the future especially for Children of Color.
If America is to stay competitive Children of
Color must be involved in STEAM and STEM careers.
The advancements of technology, demand for
more math and science exposure and research
that has shown how the Arts affects right and left
brain thinking, requires a revolutionized method
to change from a teacher centered method of
teaching to a student centered area of exposure
to the dynamic elements of STEAM.
Teachers this new school year have been trained
during pre-planning how to modify their teaching
to include Differential Instruction, Common Core
Standards and how to individually and collectively
use STEAM to enhance their teaching.
Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics are
21st century instructional elements that have real
world significance in students choosing careers that
are currently present and the potential of new careers
that are not even thought of yet. Viewing videos
like, “Did You Know 2013”
are showing how technology is changing and the
importance of STEAM and STEM.
Information such as careers in 2010 were not available
in 2004 and schools should be preparing students
for careers not even present yet. Information is changing
so fast that it only took 4 years for the Internet to reach
a market audience of 50 million while television took
13 years. The storage capacity of computers has
changed from gigabytes to Exabytes of information
Sesame Street’s involvement was just a matter of time
because children as young as 2 are using tablets and
other digital tools. These youth are the future if a
parent does not introduce their child to digital
technologies at an early age they are putting their
children at a disadvantage and putting them behind
in the world, creating a digital divide even before
The Arts is an important element: Sesame Street for
years in its own right has integrated multiple disciplines
in entertaining, instructional, musical, comical and
Stated by early photographer Charles Nègre (1820–1880),
“Where science ends, art begins,” “When the chemist
has prepared the sheet, the artist directs the lens and the
three torches of observation, feeling and reasoning guide
the study of nature; photography invokes effects that
make us dream, simple patterns excite us, powerful and
bold silhouettes that surprise and frighten us…”
Truer words boom forth from the 1800’s way before
the first computer was even a thought.
STEM to STEAM is a cycle that cannot be ignored because
it affects the learning of children who will be future
creators, designers, discoverers, builders, problem solvers,
innovators, along with critical and higher order thinkers.
Sesame Street is proving a foundation that parents must
recognize as important to the development of their children.
As an Engineering and Technology teacher at a Title One and
Magnet School; exposing students to STEAM elements
is important to their future success. Educators of STEAM
and STEM must know how to integrate each element to
create not just a multi-curriculum, inter-relational teaching
strategy, but show how the elements can be taught
individually or collectively.
Sesame Street is showing parents that Science, Technology,
Engineering Arts Math (STEAM) is unleashing entrepreneurial
innovation and future developments that will allow America to
stay competitive and innovative.
These resources are used in schools and learning centers.
These are just resources and there is not guarantee to
make your child smarter or more intelligent. These
are tools to supplement what you do at home as a parent.
E is for Explore
Brain Pop Jr
Cool Math Games