STEAM Thinking at Home

The Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub is committed to providing support for our community, especially children and families, to be engaged in quality STEAM learning experiences. In general, quality STEAM activities promote what we call STEAM Thinking. People are engaged in real world problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, inquiry, and creative innovation driven by questions such as….

Sometimes we think about STEAM learning in terms of the disciplines the letters represent. But if we assume learning within any of the disciplines is STEAM learning, we may be short-changing our understanding of what STEAM education is really intended to be about. The Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub is working to create a continuously growing set of resources and ideas that will help us develop students as thinkers, doers and designers.

  • What would happen if……?
  • How do you think it works?
  • What would you do differently?
  • I wonder why……
  • Imagine if….
  • What did you notice?
  • What do you think will happen?
  • What have you learned?

  • How is this like….?
  • What problem are you trying to solve?
  • How might you test your thinking?
  • What patterns did you notice?
  • What details are most important?
  • What new ideas do you now have?

The Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub partnered with STEAM/STEM Hubs across the state to celebrate STEM Week Oregon in May to raise awareness, celebrate and engage in activities involving science, technology, engineering and math. Now we want to keep the “steam” going by celebrating STEM/STEAM all year long!

Enjoy a new theme each day of the week, including: Make-It Monday; Take Apart Tuesday; What Are You Wondering Wednesday?; Think About It Thursday; Field Trip Friday; Sounds and Shadows Saturday; and Soaring Sunday. Check out our daily activities below!

STEAM Resources

Watch and learn: Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub YouTube Channel

STEM Cards

STEM Companion Book for Families