The STEAMuseum is a cultural space created by and for a new generation of digital learners. It features digital exhibits that were developed by high school students from different countries working together virtually. The first exhibits were piloted by students from sister cities Chicago and Casablanca.
"STEAM" stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art—and in this case—Museum. These are disciplines and practices that cross cultures and provide common ground for people from different backgrounds to get to know one another. Students engage in a series of activities over the course of the school year that takes them through a basic exhibit development process. These activities are not just about exhibit-making, however; they are also about building the skills needed for the 21st century work world: digital literacy; language competence; and global collaboration.
To see how all of this works, take a look at this four minute video:
The STEAMuseum is a project of The Stevens Initiative—a public-private partnership that was created to support virtual exchanges between youth in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa as a lasting tribute to the legacy of Ambassador Chris Stevens. By using technology to connect young people, the Initiative aims to increase mutual understanding and impart the skills needed to succeed in a global, digital 21st century world.
Two key partners manage the STEAMuseum: