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Connect to resources through the library and in the commmunity on an emerging topic in workforce training and Kindergarten through college education.

It All Begins with STEM

Thoughout the twentieth century U.S. government agencies researched and implemented policies supporting math and science, seeing these two areas as key to national security and economic growth.  In the mid-nineties the National Science Foundation, seeing an increase in demand world-wide for jobs centered around innovation began to use the term STEM, or, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math when referring to education, training and jobs in these fields. 

By the mid 2000's educators began looking at how subjects could cross disciplines and learning styles. Greater focus was placed on experiences-- crafting, building, experimenting, discovering in education. Educators began to see applications for writing and other forms of expression in teaching STEM courses. 



Educational engineer Georgette Yakman coined STEAM, an educational movement placing importance on the manual and social arts as essential to, not just innovation, but preparation for life.


STEAM Pyramid


Developed by Georgette Yakman to define what falls under the term STEAM or Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.


Featured Resource

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From STEM to STEAM - Tom Pilecki; David A. Sousa
Call Number: 372.5 S725
Build the skills mathematicians and scientists need! A is for arts--and for the advantage students gain when you integrate arts into STEM instruction.

STEAM Subjects

Science: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Space, Biochemistry, Geosciences

Technology: Medicine, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation, Communication, Information Science, Power and Energy

Engineering: Aerospace, Architecture, Computer Science, Mining, Environmental Science, Oceanography, and various branches of Engineering

Arts:  Language, Music, Sociology, Education, Philosophy, Psychology, History and the Manual, Physical and Liberal Arts

Math:  Numbers, Measurement, Problem Solving, Data Analysis and Probability, Theory, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus


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