I need to begin this post with an apology and an big “thank-you” to everyone who pre-ordered Cooking Up a Cool Career with STEAM or the STEAM Bundle (FACS: Full STEAM Ahead and Cooking Up a Cool Career with STEAM). I missed the ship date for these resources by more than one week and I’m very grateful for your patience! (To be completely honest, I’m also very glad that the stacks of boxed orders waiting to be shipped are finally out the door and no longer taking up space in our office! LOL) The response to our STEAM resources has been kind of amazing and we are very grateful! I truly hope that everyone who receives a copy of one or both STEAM resources finds them useful in their FACS classroom!
After more than a year of researching and writing about the application of STEAM to the FACS classroom, I am convinced that this is a pivotal moment in the future of our discipline. Embracing the STEAM approach to classroom instruction is critical to building the image of FACS as a discipline that is current, challenging and valuable to students and communities. Incorporating STEAM concepts and methods can help FACS move from an expendable elective to an elite component of the curriculum.
I know this change won’t happen overnight and it won’t be an easy process, but anything worth doing is always worth the effort! The biggest obstacle we face may come from us. As FACS teachers, like all teachers, you have so many challenges to face every day, it seems unfair to ask you to add something else to your already overflowing plate of responsibilities! I hear you! I’ve been there! That’s exactly my motivation for creating resources like FACS: Full STEAM Ahead and Cooking Up a Cool Career with STEAM. I do the researching, outlining and project development so that you can adapt and implement STEAM into your curriculum with a minimum commitment of time and effort. It really is imperative that we adapt to this new paradigm and I’d like to help you meet the challenge.
Stay tuned to this blog, our Facebook page and our website for ideas for adding STEAM power to your FACS program. I’m here to help!