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Creative thinking is becoming a significant element of students’ learning to prepare them for today’s complex work environments (Battelle for kids, 2019). While the ideas of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics have led to incredible advancements to the global economy, incorporating design thinking can help foster creative thinking in our educational environment. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand fifth grade students’ perspectives of STEAM within a local school district. Data was collected from participants through a task administered by the STEAM teachers for two fifth grade classes. This task contained 5 separate sections, with room for students to illustrate their image of each element of STEAM, as well as to answer two questions as to what they illustrated and why they illustrated it. By analyzing the data for these fifth grade classes, the school district can look deeper into how students are expressing and understanding STEAM.



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Understanding 5th Grade Students Perspective of STEAM through Sketches