STEM Skills and Map Making
Creating and using maps can involve many STEM skills. The map itself is a piece of technology. It is a tool being used. Map-making requires observation skills and paying attention to details.
Working with maps promotes spatial thinking. Identify landmarks and features on the map. Maps help us understand that symbols represent things. Using maps practices relative distances – understanding concepts like near, far, and next to.
*STEAM, like STEM, is an integrated approach to learning that encourages learners to connect the concepts they are learning and how they apply them to real-world problems.