Design thinking is an approach to learning that focuses on developing students’ creative confidence. Teachers and students engage in hands-on design challenges that focus on developing empathy, promoting a bias toward action, encouraging ideation, developing metacognitive awareness and fostering active problem solving.
— Stanford D.School and School of Education
STEAM represents a paradigm shift from traditional education philosophy, based on standardized test scores, to a modern ideal which focuses on valuing the learning process as much as the results. In essence, we dare our students to be wrong, to try multiple ideas, listen to alternate opinions and create a knowledge base that is applicable to real life as opposed to simply an exam.
— Deron Cameron Former UPES Principal – US's 1st STEAM Certified School Current TCSS Curriculum Coordinator