While this month here at TeachersCount we are focusing on STEM education, I thought I would challenge the idea of STEM with a new proposal—STEAM. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The same principles as STEM with the added bonus of the arts. The liberal arts are an important and critical element of an educational curriculum and cannot be ignored. I fear that with the push for more STEM classes that we will lose our foundational liberal arts classes. I found this great website relate to STEAM which advocates STEAM as a framework for teaching across the disciplines. The Why Steam? framework available on the site and here–WhySTEAMshortWeb–explains why an educational program that includes all the disciplines helps provide an educational environment for all learners.
Check out the resources mentioned above and let me know what you think about the push for STEM and STEAM or find me on Twitter @barry_christine!