Tuesday, July 3, 2012

STEAM vs. STEM New Business Item


The NEA will support efforts to integrate the fine arts into the educational movement known as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); assist in reframing the related discussion to: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM); use existing means of communication to advocate for the importance of integrating arts education into the STEM movement, and creating a stronger national awareness of STEAM's importance as they advocate for arts education.


A great body of research supports the finding that success in any of the STEM fields requires a high degree of the transferable skills learned in studying any and all of the arts: observing, imaging, abstracting, recognizing patterns, forming patterns, analogizing "Body Thinking", emphasizing, dimensional thinking, modeling, playing, transforming and synthesizing. It is imperative that students have comprehensive fine arts education for successful careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

We need to put some STEAM behind STEM.

Submitted by

50 Delegates


Carlos Meikel, CO

Relevant Strategic Goal/Core Function

CF-1 Research, Policy & Practice

Cost Implications

This NBI can be accomplished at an additional cost of $168,912.

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