STEM to STEAM: Adding Art to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Art, Design Educational Needs Pushing STEM To STEAM
A push for better U.S. art and design education is changing STEM to STEAM.
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have long been the
Holy Grail of a U.S. drive for improved education, producing students
who can compete globally. But a growing chorus says art and design must
be in the mix.
The STEAM movement has wide-ranging support from academia, business and government.
do you humanize technology? Art and design does that," said John Maeda,
president of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.
Founded in 1877 to enable the American textile industry to compete
with Europe, the private school is a leader in the STEM to STEAM
RISD's efforts include providing fellowships to its students for
STEAM-related projects. And it's working with the National Science
Foundation on a climate change study, the only art school in the country
doing something along those lines, Maeda says.
Some tech companies are aboard in adding the "A" to STEM, Maeda says.