What is STEAM and Why is it Important?
What is STEAM?
STEAM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. It’s an integrated approach that encourages students to think more broadly about and develop solutions to real-world problems.
It helps students:
- Ask questions
- Connect the dots
- Problem solve
- Think creatively
- Be innovative
Why are STEM & STEAM Important?
Not only can STEAM help solve current and future world problems, it can make our children's future bright. STEM jobs are expected to grow by 16% in the US between 2014 and 2024 compared to only 11% for other sectors. Currently, science & engineering careers earn more than double the income of the median job in the United States. Despite this, math performance in US students is faltering and STEM graduates are dropping out of their fields. And let’s not even get started on some of the inequities for women and minorities….
So how do we fix this? Start young. Let’s work together to get more STEAM education into elementary schools. Because without improving STEAM education in our schools, the US is going to fall behind in the global technology race. And with that goes the potential for our children’s futures.
Why the A in STEAM?
Why not just STEM? Here are some of the concrete benefits to incorporating the arts into science and engineering:
- It helps remove idea inhibition (there’s no wrong answer in art!).
- It focuses on the process which helps drive innovation.
- It teaches the power of observation, of people and your surroundings.
- It helps hone spatial awareness and mathematical concepts like geometry.
- It promotes creative solutions to real world challenges.