What is STE(A)M?
Through a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. held Sept. 12, 2012, Reading Is Fundamental launched its multi-year campaign focused on the intersection of early childhood literacy and science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The campaign is anchored by RIF's STEAM-based Multicultural Book Collection (www.rif.org/mbc), which includes free activity guides for parents, teachers and community volunteers.
Kicked off by RIF President and CEO Carol H. Rasco, the following panelists discussed the importance of STEAM education at the earliest opportunity in a child's life: Dr. Martin Storksdieck (moderator), Mr. Stephen Barkanic, Dr. Judy Cheatham and Dr. P. David Pearson. (The discussion is posted in four parts.)
Reading is Fundamental's (RIF's) FULL STEAM AHEAD Part II
Reading is Fundamental's (RIF's) FULL STEAM AHEAD Part III
Reading is Fundamental's (RIF's) FULL STEAM AHEAD Part IV
“Two out of every three kids living at or below the poverty line doesn’t own a book,” reflected Cheatham over lunch with RISD STEAM Club students Ryan Murphy and Jessica Kleinman and RISD Director of Government Relations Babette Alina. “The yield is a lot of children stuck in the middle of words they don’t understand.”