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Getting Started with STEAM

Practical Strategies for the K-8 Classroom, 1st Edition

By Billy Krakower, Meredith Martin


112 pages

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Learn effective ways to teach STEAM with this helpful book from educational technology experts Billy Krakower and Meredith Martin. Whether you have a dedicated STEAM class, or plan to integrate it into a regular classroom, you’ll find out how to create a structured learning environment while still leaving room for inquiry and innovation. You’ll also gain a variety of hands-on activities and rubrics you can use immediately.

Topics include:

  • the differences among STEM, STEAM, and makerspaces
  • planning your STEAM space
  • stocking your space with the right supplies
  • planning for instruction and managing class time
  • incorporating the core subjects
  • aligning lessons with standards and assessments
  • getting the administration and community involved
  • taking your class to the next level with design thinking.

With this practical book, you’ll have all the tools you’ll need to create a STEAM-friendly learning space starting now.

Continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #GSwSTEAM!

Table of Contents


Meet the Authors


1. The What And Why of STEAM

    1. The Jargon Jungle: Makers, STEM, & STEAM - What’s The Difference?
    2. Now You Have The WHAT, Let’s Find Out The WHY
    3. Technology is not Just Computers

2. Planning Your STEAM Space

    1. Intro
    2. What Does a dedicated space look like?
    3. What does STEAM look like integrated into classrooms?
    4. Other spaces and ways to incorporate STEAM
    5. Making & STEAM, a perfect combination

3. Stocking Your Space - What Supplies Do You Need?

    1. Don’t Break The Bank - Dollar Store STEAM Supplies
    2. Inexpensive Electronics
    3. A Well Stocked Toolkit
    4. Let’s Splurge A Little

3.5 Grants, Donations, and Other Ways To Stock Your Space

4. Planning for Instruction

    1. How do I plan a STEAM lesson?
    2. Managing my time with a tight schedule
    3. Student Centered Lesson

5. Incorporating the Core Subjects

    1. Incorporating Language Arts (Writing and Reading) into STEAM
    2. Incorporating Technology
    3. Incorporating the Arts
    4. Incorporating Engineering
    5. Incorporating Social Studies
    6. Incorporating Math

6. Getting Aligned - Standards & Assessments

    1. ISTE Standard 4. Innovative Designer
    2. Assessments


7. It Takes a Village – Getting the Community Involved

    1. Administrations
    2. Family
    3. Community

8. Design Thinking - Taking Your STEAM Class to the Next Level

    1. Changing Your Thinking with Empathy
    2. Ready, Set, Design
    3. Extraordinary Design

9. Next Steps

    1. Where Do We Go From Here?
    2. Takeaways & Resources

10. Conclusion

11. Appendix - Sample Projects

About the Authors


Billy Krakower

Woodland Park, New Jersey, United States

Learn more about Billy Krakower >>

Billy Krakower is an internationally recognized education speaker, trainer and author of several books including Connecting Your Students with the World (with Jerry Blumengarten and Paula Naugle). He can be found at and followed on Twitter @wkrakower.

Meredith Martin is a Certified Google for Education Innovator and Trainer.

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