STEM vs. STEAM – What’s changed since 2010?

In March of 2010, we linked to Joseph Piro’s article on Education Week about going from STEM to STEAM. This is still our most viewed blog post. Why? What is it about this idea that people find so compelling?

Science Technology Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects, can’t help us resuscitate education alone. Art and its creative thinking processes are a necessary partner to round out the kind of learning we want our children to experience. Making STEM into STEAM is one way to ensure that we engage our students in education that compels, challenges and inspires them.

And arts advocates are not the only ones who think this way. STEAM is making headway with governmental support from the newly formed Congressional STEAM Caucus. With a stated mission that desires “to increase understanding of the importance of arts and design to STEM subjects, to spread the word about STEAM, and to prioritize STEAM education.”

Obama’s second term is being hailed as a second chance by many education advocates to seek and support reform of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). STEAM supporters and the STEAM Caucus will potentially be large players if congress decides to tackle ESEA. Find out more about STEAM and the STEAM Caucus by following the links below.

http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/a4amwire/issues/2013-02-15.html#STEAM

http://www.americansforthearts.org/news/afta_news/default.asp#item8

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130214006459/en/Reps.-Bonamici-Schock-Announce-Bipartisan-Congressional-STEAM

http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/the-art-of-technology-20130224

Read our original article here.

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