STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Add an “A” for “Arts” and you get STEAM—a focus where creativity and artistic exploration is incorporated into math and science learning. Schools that offer STEM or STEAM learning promote hands-on, project-based learning with an emphasis on building the science and math skills that are necessary for students to prepare for college and careers in fields like engineering, computer science, medicine and other high paying, in-demand jobs.
Benefits of STEM/STEAM
STEM programs boost creativity, encourage collaboration, build critical thinking skills, and hone problem solving abilities. These skills are hallmarks of 21st century learning and they help students succeed in whatever educational or career path they choose. Whether building and programming robots, flying drones or working on a Science Fair project, STEM programs get kids excited about learning—and that adds up to better school attendance and academic performance.
Find out more about how STEM learning works by watching this video produced by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.