From STEM to STEAM
Living in the Silicon Valley, the significance of the STEM fields –science, technology, technology, engineering, and mathematics – is especially clear. STEM was introduced to shift the focus in the classroom to a more interdisciplinary approach, in hopes to foster the in-depth analysis, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills critical for solving real world issues. Education began to collectively use the academic subjects to further boost student innovation. As successes and jobs increase as a result of these measures, the importance of the incorporation of arts and design, creating STEAM, becomes even more relevant.
STEAM: science, technology, engineering science, technology, engineering, arts and design, mathematics. Activism for the inclusion of art has been spurred by scientific research on the benefits of developing the spatial thinking and creativity in driving innovation. The arts help students develop cognitive processes that assist in core subjects; in countries where an arts education is mandatory, such as the Netherlands, Japan, and Hungary, students consistently rank highest for maths and science test scores.
Architects designing monuments with historical significance, the use of micro-controllers and shape memory metal to create paper-based electronics, chemical engineers producing safe and appealing makeup; where do you see the creativity and innovation of STEAM in the world, and how do you plan to incorporate it into your life?
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