Your destination for STEAM education, where tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and artists play and learn today. Your Washington Pavilion is now better than ever with STEAM educational opportunities around every corner.
STEAM education is an approach to learning that uses science, technology, engineering, art and math to guide student exploration and critical thinking. Through this holistic approach, students are encouraged to exercise both creativity and logic at once.
Come learn and explore with us — all while having fun!
Enjoy more than 100 highly interactive exhibits featuring topics ranging from aerodynamics and agriculture to dinosaurs and space exploration.
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Join us for a variety of fun activities and demonstrations throughout our museums.
- Learn about science with daily experiments at the Avera Stage Science
- Build, create and explore with Tinker Tuesdays in Jack’s Imagination Lab
- Enjoy art activities during Friday Crafternoon in the Raven Children's Studio
Stimulate exploration and encourage problem-solving skills, creativity and social and emotional growth coupled with opportunities to interact with Kirby Science Discovery Center exhibits, Visual Arts Center exhibitions and performing arts.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between STEM and STEAM?
The difference lies in the approach to scientific concepts. STEM focuses explicitly on the hard scientific, technological, engineering or mathematical skills to drive progress or create a new concept. In STEAM curricula, students leverage both hard and soft skills to solve problems. The result is out-of-the-box thinking and creative problem-solving needed in today’s workforce.
What is the goal with STEM and STEAM learning?
The United States suffers from a worker shortage in fast-growing STEM industries, including manufacturing, technology and engineering. The educational method encourages interest in these industries for both boys and girls with the goal of creating a more skilled workforce to meet the demands of tomorrow.