STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education is an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning that provides hands-on and relevant learning experiences for students. STEAM teaching and learning goes beyond the mere transfer of knowledge. It engages students and equips them with critical thinking, problem solving, creative and collaborative skills, and ultimately establishes connections between the school, workplace, community and the global economy. STEAM also helps students understand and apply math and science content, the foundations for success in college and careers.
“Education at all levels in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—STEAM—develops, preserves, and disseminates knowledge and skills that convey personal, economic, and social benefits. Higher education provides the advanced work skills needed in an increasingly knowledge-intensive, innovation-focused economy and society.”
– National Science Foundation
“We must never forget what the STEAM subjects have in common with sister disciplines like literature and history. Yes, they help us get good jobs, but they also help us grasp what it means to be human and live a good life. That is why STEAM is truly among the liberal arts.”
– Linda Rosen, Change the Equation
STEAM Skills Are in Demand
Many studies highlight the need for a redoubled focus on STEAM education to main a vibrant economy, both in Arizona and nationally. Others confirm the economic value of higher education in general. In Arizona, STEAM skills have stayed in demand even through the economic downturn.