STEM to STEAM: What’s the Point of Adding the Arts to STEM

STEM is a multidisciplinary approach to tackling issues in the Science and Technology; finding solution to these issues often needs an engineering mindset or the use of maths. As a result, STEM is a wholistic approach to problem-solving in industries that are traditionally based on one or more of the subjects in STEM.

From, my research, I understand that STEAM supporters want to integrate the Arts into the STEM for one of two reasons:

  1. Much of the growth across major economies and industries is due STEM innovation. From the dotcom revolution of the 1990s to the rise of social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, major changes to consumer spending habits, lifestyle and culture have been underpinned by advances in STEM. It has been suggested that integrating the Arts into STEM will prompt further innovation and help future STEM graduates to be a more creative, flexible thinking workforce. Similarly, there are indications that STEAM could attract students from less traditional education backgrounds (e.g. humanities and arts) into STEM: this would promote diversity in the workforce. Increasing diversity within workforces has been linked to _____________


Should STEM be STEAM? An Introduction to the topic

STEM is a widely used acronym combining Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics into one simple, succint phrase. In recent months there has been growing support for the Arts to be integrated into STEM education. But should STEM be STEAM? And what does this actually mean?

These are the questions I hope to answer as I explore the link between the Arts and STEM. In the coming blog posts and video logs, I will be sharing my research and views on this issue.