In La Città dei Bambini e dei Ragazzi, the STEAM disciplines merge into a single educational experience capable of stimulating all the senses.
From STEM to STEAM
In the last few years the STEM to STEAM movement has taken root, which has added the A of Art to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and is advancing in informal groups of teachers and educators.
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math as entry points to guide student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.
The interactive, experimental and multisensory approach is the basis of STEAM educational activities.
This is the foundation of all the activity projects related to the world of scientific dissemination and informal teaching in general, where the emotional involvement of the learner is required and where the learning process must be active and give the possibility to all our senses to getting involved.
Tinkering is a form of informal learning, pioneered at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where you learn by doing.
This method encourages experimentation, stimulates the aptitude for problem solving and teaches teamwork and collaboration to achieve a goal.
Tinkering creates a collaborative environment, which makes all the participants want to try to invent something, to try to repair an object by disassembling and reassembling it, improving its functionality each time.
It helps to become familiar with disciplines and issues related to robotics, electrodynamics, mechanics and to imagine in the most creative ways using recycled materials and objects (or part of them), thus focusing attention and giving the opportunity to talk about the environment, pollution, waste and reuse.
Further objectives of this methodology are the development of logical thinking and the ability to correlate concepts and to strengthen multidisciplinarity.
The educational offer was curated by the Science Festival Association in collaboration with some of the main scientific bodies that make up the association or with which it collaborates
- Stimulate curiosity about scientific and biological phenomena and the motivation to learn
- Stimulate comparison, sharing of hypotheses to draw conclusions that become the group's cultural heritage
- Stimulate collaboration and sharing in group work