INCULCATING VALUES AND ETHICS AMONG STUDENTS THROUGH STEAM EDUCATION
STEAM Education is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Research shows that STEAM is a promising approach to positively impacting student achievement and teacher efficacy. A researcher’s study conducted in 2016, investigated the impact of STEAM lessons on physical science learning in grades 3 to 5 in high poverty elementary schools in an urban district indicated that students who received just nine hours of STEAM instruction made improvements in their science achievement (Brouillette, L., & Graham,). Another study in 2014 shows that connecting STEAM and literacy can positively impact cognitive development, increase literacy and math skills, and help students reflect meaningfully on their work and that of their peers (Cunnington, Marisol, Andrea Kantrowitz, Susanne Harnett, and Aline Hill-Ries.). This is further supported by a study on the relationship between theatre arts and student literacy and mathematics achievement from 2014. “Results showed that students whose language arts curricula were infused with theatre arts often outperformed their control group counterparts, who received no arts integration, in both math and language arts” (Inoa, R., Weltsek, G., &Tabone, C.). The writer in this paper would like to give importance to STEAM education to the present generation children who are highly intelligent with less patience,discipline and values whose main aim is to not only provide students with the knowledge of Science,technology,engineering,art and mathematics skill but also inculcate in them the values of life that follows principles & ethics in their day todays life byproviding them the projects that blend the values Like integrity,patience,honesty,empathy,courage,virtues,self-respect, right conduct, truth, love, nonviolence, cooperation, computer ethics, environmental ethics etc. Which eventually bring peace on the planet earth.It’s high time that these children who are the future generations of India should be given proper direction by channelizing their energy for productive use. Socrates and Aristotle are credited with the concept that the ‘pursuit of knowledge is the highest good’ and that this is the basis of education (Ulich, 1947). The first major educational philosopher who made significant statements that can give strength to the development of the STEM movement is Descartes. Comenius was a contemporary of Descartes who stated that ‘education is a preparation for life (Comenius, 1947). Comenius made a strong argument for delivering a holistic approach to education with the following statement: ‘individual sciences are badly taught unless a simple and general survey of the total knowledge is given before..