STEAM fields

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STEAM fields are the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.[1] STEAM is designed to integrate STEM subjects with arts subjects into various relevant education disciplines.[2] These programs aim to teach students innovation, to think critically, and to use engineering or technology in imaginative designs or creative approaches to real-world problems while building on students' mathematics and science base. STEAM programs add arts to STEM curriculum by drawing on reasoning and design principles, and encouraging creative solutions.[3][4][5]

STEAM in children's media[edit]

A young girl observing the solar eclipse at the Chamberlain observatory in Denver, Colorado
Children and science
  • Sesame Street's 43rd season continues to focus on STEM but finds ways to integrate art. They state: "This helps make learning STEM concepts relevant and enticing to young children by highlighting how artists use STEM knowledge to enhance their art or solve problems. It also provides context for the importance of STEM knowledge in careers in the arts (e.g. musician, painter, sculptor, and dancer)."[6]
  • MGA Entertainment created a S.T.E.A.M. based franchise Project Mc2.[7]

Other uses of the STEAM acronym[edit]

  • Other meanings of the "A" that have been promoted include agriculture, architecture, and applied mathematics.[8][9]
  • The Rhode Island School of Design has a STEM to STEAM program and at one point maintained an interactive map that showed global STEAM initiatives.[10] Relevant organizations were able to add themselves to the map, though it is no longer available at the location stated in press releases.[11] John Maeda, (2008 to 2013 president of Rhode Island School of Design) has been a champion in bringing the initiative to the political forums of educational policy.
  • Some programs offer STEAM from a base focus like mathematics and science.[2]
  • SteamHead is a non-profit organization that promotes innovation and accessibility in education, focusing on STEAM fields.
  • As part of a $1.5 million Department of Education grant, Wolf Trap's Institute of Education trains and places teaching artists in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. The artists collaborate with the teachers to integrate math and science into the arts.[12]
  • American Lisa La Bonte, CEO of the Arab Youth Venture Foundation based in the United Arab Emirates, uses the STEAM acronym, but her work does not include arts integration.[13] Starting in 2007, La Bonte created and ran high-profile free public STEAM programs[14] having added an A for "inspired STEM", with the A standing for Aeronautics, Aviation, Astronomy, Aerospace, Ad Astra! and using all things "air and space" as a hook for youth to embark on greater experimentation, studies, and careers in the region's burgeoning space-related industries.[15] One of AYVF's best-known programs,[13] "STEAM@TheMall", served over 200,000 in its first two years at the most popular shopping malls[13] and provided free weekend activity stations such as Mars robotics, science experiments, SkyLab portable planetarium, art/design, and creative writing.[13] In 2008, Sharjah Sheikha Maisa kicked off the "Design booth for youth for Al Ain Summer S.T.E.A.M. funded by the Foundation created by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi".[failed verification][16] In 2010, the American Association of Arts & Sciences (AAAS) included a chapter on AYVF's most popular STEAM program in its book, Building Mathematical and Scientific Talent in the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) Region.[17]

Examples of STEAM jobs[edit]

Among others, careers in STEAM include:[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "STEAM Rising: Why we need to put the arts into STEM education". Slate. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  2. ^ a b Jolly, Anne (18 November 2014). "STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong?". Teacher. Education Week: Teacher. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. ^ Pomeroy, Steven Ross. "From STEM to STEAM: Science and Art Go Hand-in-Hand". Scientific American. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  4. ^ Jones, Elena (2022-01-11). "STEM Vs STEAM: Making Room For The Arts". Spiral Toys. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  5. ^ Eger, John (31 May 2011). "National Science Foundation Slowly Turning STEM to STEAM". Huffington Post. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  6. ^ Jean-Louis, Rosemary (24 August 2012). "Sesame Street: New Season Focuses on S.T.E.A.M." Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  7. ^ Entertainment, M. G. A. "November 8 Is National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day". (Press release). Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  8. ^ "Virginia Tech and Virginia STEAM Academy form strategic partnership to meet critical education needs". Virginia Tech News. 31 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Public Engagement | Academics | RISD".
  10. ^ "Rhode Island School of Design Launches STEAM Map to Demonstrate Global Activity and Support for the Movement". 7 May 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  11. ^ "STEAM Map Debuts on Capitol Hill". 21 May 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  12. ^ Chen, Kelly; Cheers, Imani (31 July 2012). "STEAM Ahead: Merging Arts and Science Education". PBS NewsHour. PBS. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  13. ^ a b c d Bonte, Lisa. "AYVF - Strategic Space & STEM Workforce Pioneer". AYVF - Strategic Space & STEM Workforce Pioneer. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Weekend Getaways!".
  15. ^ "STEAM Franchises". AYVF - Strategic Space & STEM Workforce Pioneer. April 17, 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  16. ^ "AYVF awarded prestigious Grant from Emirates Foundation".
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  18. ^ Riley, Susan (2018-09-01). "STEAM careers for the 21st century". The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. Retrieved 2019-10-14.

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