Why STEAM and not just STEM?

Science students in lab

Why STEAM and not just STEM?

Many people have been getting used to seeing and hearing the STEM acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. However, recently there have been more and more mentions of STEAM, which adds the Arts into the focus. Some people have been asking me why add the Arts? But the root of this is the idea that STEM Education simply is about the content of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. As stated here, “Children who study STEM also develop a variety of skills that are essential for success: critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, and entrepreneurship, to name a few (Jolly, 2014).”

 

If we remember this more about STEM then it makes sense to add the Arts. The arts provide natural application of these STEM skills in a real-world situation. We at Beacon House, Inc. believe that Arts are vital to our society and the development of the whole learner. We believe that real-world, project-based lessons in STEAM Education can help eliminate achievement gaps. Capturing students in these real-world, project-based lesson with art infusion that also naturally develop the STEM skills with greater engagement. Our focus is helping to increase this achievement but to specifically target increased achievement of individuals from low-income households, minority backgrounds, and exceptional learners (learning challenged or gifted learners).

Reference:
Jolly, A. (2014, November 18). STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong? Retrieved January 01, 2017, from http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/11/18/ctqjollystemvssteam.html
Anthony Williams
founder@thebeaconhouse.net