25 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

STEM to STEAM

For those who are new to the jargon, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  It has long been held that these disciplines are critical for the continued well-being of the United States, and that more students need expertise in those areas.

I agree that more students probably should increase their familiarity with STEM subjects.  But not because we need a ton more scientists (etc.)  I believe we need more people in all walks of life who are comfortable with STEM.  And I believe that we need just a few more creative and innovative individuals who will bring the next STEM breakthroughs.

That is where STEAM comes in.  STEAM is STEM with the addition of Art.  I firmly believe that Art needs to be added to STEM in order to get the creativity necessary to advance STEM fields.

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