What is the Difference Between STEAM and STEM?
Careers in science and engineering are expected to grow at a faster projected rate than all other U.S. jobs, and, as a result, schools across America have been incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) into subjects to prepare students for the future. Students need more in-depth knowledge in math and science and the ability to apply that knowledge to solve complex problems. STEM programs help students develop much-needed skills such as problem-solving, critical and logical thinking that will help them succeed academically and professionally.
With the added emphasis on STEM, the arts have been taking a backseat to science. However, the arts, both fine and performing, are just as important and plays an integral role in developing a student’s creativity, confidence, decision making and much more.
Now, we are seeing a resurgence of schools incorporating the arts into their STEM program to create STEAM programs. There are many benefits of having arts in a STEM program. Research conducted by the University of Florida has shown that students who take four years of music and art classes while in high school score 98 points better on their SAT than students who only took one-half years or less.
So it seems, by providing an academic program rich in science and technology, as well as the arts provides students with a well-rounded education.
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