What Is The Difference Between STEM And STEAM?


In the last few years that has been some push amongst educators to expand the definition of STEM to include the arts. The original STEM movement was created to help employers find qualified candidates and to prepare students for high tech jobs, “According to the Math and Science Initiative, corporations are struggling to find qualified STEM employees to fill the 26 million STEM jobs in the United States.”

STEM Education

STEM Education is a curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It integrates the disciplines and helps students learn how to use these in real world applications. The education also helps students understand how to reason logically, connect isolated facts into coherent understandings, and organize information with words and math.

So what is STEAM?

STEAM is, “A movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals.” The overall goal of the movement is to encourage the integration of art and design into education, influence employers to hire designers, and to transform research policies to include art and design.

Supporters of this movement focus on the fact that someone needs to be creative and use critical thinking skills to be successful in any STEM career and believe this is developed by exposing students to the arts.

Check out this video that explains the difference between STEM and STEAM and how they each impact education:

STEM vs STEAM: History of Education

Uploaded by Palmer Flahive on 2015-10-27.