The acronym “STEM” (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics), one of the past decade’s most prominent educational buzzwords, is quickly becoming out-of-date. Taking its place on the podium, is the successor term “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, arts, & mathematics). The argument for the integration of arts into the STEM curriculum is based on evidence that children learn in a variety of ways and need to develop art and design capabilities in order to create new technologies and make new discoveries.
Trends and movements come and go, but one that has remained a hot topic for some time now is STEM education and its importance in educating our future workforce. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education has received so much attention in the last decade that numerous research studies have been conducted to investigate the importance of STEM education on today’s students.