STUDENT STORIES

Abigail Brannen
Posted 6/18/17

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by recent eighth-grade students at Cleveland Middle School.

STEAM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, …

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STUDENT STORIES

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Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by recent eighth-grade students at Cleveland Middle School.

STEAM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. It’s referring to specific areas of study — mostly the analytical, scientific subjects.

Teachers are encouraging their students to go into STEAM fields, and one of the ways that schools (in this case, a college) are doing this is with camps. One specific school, Cleveland State Community College, offers several STEAM summer camps that spread across all 5 areas.

One of these camps is a LEGO® engineering camp, which focuses on engineering. The college has multiple LEGO® engineering camps based on age and skill level (beginner to advanced). Another is a Forensic Science camp, which works with sciences and a little bit of technology. There is also a musical theatre camp for students who are interested in the arts. Cleveland State has camps in Athens and Monroe as well.

The camps (between all of them) are for ages 8-16. These camps are important because STEAM education is valuable for a student’s future, especially those planning on going into a career in one of those areas.

People in STEAM careers, such as mathematicians, scientists, doctors, and engineers, can make ground-breaking discoveries that just might change the world. A doctor could discover the cure for a deadly disease. An engineer could create a new product that changes the way we see the world. STEAM education is even more important now, as the demand for people trained in these fields is growing rapidly.

For students who are interested in STEAM, there are many Honors and Advanced science and math classes at Cleveland High School, and engineering, science, technology, and art electives.

STEAM is very important for our everyday lives, and in work (most jobs require basic math and technology), so even if students are not interested in pursuing a career in STEAM fields, it is still important for them to learn these subjects.

Abigail Brannen will be a freshman at Cleveland High School this fall.

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