Over recent years, the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has been heavily promoted and discussed within fields of education. This has been within the context of ensuring that the next generation of students are provided with relevant knowledge and skills for the 21st century. STEM acknowledges the importance of the interrelated nature of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the prominence of these skills in a world of continuous technological advancement.
What was missing from this original acronym, however, was an acknowledgement of the vital importance of artistic and creative thinking. The ability to think outside the box to develop artistic and creative solutions.
In her TEDx talk Integrating Art with STEM Education Oceane Boulais notes how significant figures in science and technological advancement (notably Leonardo DaVinci, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs) valued and applied the contribution of artistic skill into their work. She also comments on the importance of art and design in other industries such as marketing, advertising and promotion. The relevance of art is integral to success in all of the original STEM areas, and so STEAM education is now moving to the forefront.
Want to know more about STEAM Education:
Integrating Art with STEM Education | Oceane Boulais | TEDxBocaRaton
From STEM to STEAM: Brent Bushell and Eric Gradman and TEDxManhattan Beach
What is STEAM?