What is STEM and why did it become STEAM?
I asked John Burfoot, a STEAM teacher in a New South Wales Primary school to explain and we recorded our chat as an episode of The Learning Capacity Podcast.
John also told me about how STEAM lessons enable students to learn valuable 'soft' life skills, as well as technical and technological skills.
His journey from a student who failed all his final high school exams to a degree qualified teacher is inspirational, and can serve as a reminder to students that their lives are not defined by what marks they achieve in school exams.
He worked as an electronics apprentice, a job in avionics, and making explosives for special effects in films before realising his passion is teaching.