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ERIC Number: EJ1114843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Safety Picks up "STEAM"
Roy, Ken
Science and Children, v53 n6 p28-29 Feb 2016
This column shares safety information for the classroom. STEAM subjects--science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics--are essential for fostering students' 21st-century skills. STEAM promotes critical-thinking skills, including analysis, assessment, categorization, classification, interpretation, justification, and prediction, and are enhanced through the integration of subjects. At the elementary level, teachers have inherently integrated STEAM, compared to their secondary-level counterparts. However, with this approach comes an even greater need for attention to safety, given the many hazards that could arise through teaching these subjects. Teachers are required to perform hazard analyses and risk assessments prior to performing any STEAM demonstration or investigation. This article presents the suggested approach for addressing safety issues prior to performing a demonstration or conducting an activity: (1) Analysis; (2) Assessment; and (3) Action.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A