STEM, critical to America’s economic and innovative future, illustrates our educational systems’ decades long appreciation of the need for more science and math and, simultaneously, the decades long depreciation of the arts. That’s why I’m STEAM’D about STEM! Fortunately, the tide is shifting with the growing recognition and inclusion of the Arts in STEM, aka STEAM. For those of us that have raised, educated and played with little children – from babies to elementary-aged kids, we know that the best learning is through the arts, and studies increasing prove us right. Just look at how little kids learn, especially before they start school:
The inclusion of Art into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculums is the difference between Sony and Apple–it encourages the concept of design into the equation. While the value of STEM cannot be overstated, folding art into the equation provides motivation for innovation!
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