The 21st century classroom encompasses collaboration, digital intelligence, critical thinking, and problem-solving, and can accommodate many active learning pedagogies, including STEM/STEAM, makerspaces, flipped classrooms, and more.
STEM/STEAM and Makerspaces
STEM and STEAM programs have taken root in the classroom of tomorrow, particularly with a federal mandate to increase students’ science, technology, engineering, and math competencies. Collaborative learning environments help equip these future innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders to solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world, both today and tomorrow.
Makerspaces add another dimension to students’ learning experiences by emphasizing creation and creativity through “doing.” Digital fabrication and robotics may happily coexist with cardboard construction and woodworking. By tinkering, experimenting, playing, and collaborating, students learn critical entrepreneurial skills needed to design tomorrow’s products and processes.