From STEM to STEAM
STEM + Art = STEAM
What is STEM?
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four basic disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four subjects as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real world applications.
What separates STEM from traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing children how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life – it focuses on the real world applications of problem solving.
What is STEAM?
The addition of Arts to STEM to create STEAM is about incorporating creative thinking and applied arts in real life situations. Art and Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the last century.
We need to add Art + Design to transform STEM into STEAM.
The objective of the STEAM is to place Art + Design at the center of STEM, encourage integration of Art + Design in K–12 education.