Should STEM be STEAM?

The U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation make a case for adding Arts to STEM.

Science Technology Engineering and Maths has long been established in educational policy and even has it's own acronym - STEM. But could we be missing out on a whole other subject? Experts in the arts, education and STEM community believe an A for Arts could be the icing on the cake!

These 4 subjects are commonly known to work in harmony together. So how does art fit in, why not history or sport? National Academies have been researching the benefit of arts to expand the toolbox or science and engineering, as arts is said to allow people to view the world in a different way thus complimenting such subjects as science. Another claim is that the STEM subjects are limited in terms of fun and creativity so arts can help 'free the mind'.

STEM has become a staple in education so we may be long off sudden change. However, with big names like the National Science Foundation starting to make arguements for the arts to enchance engagement and learning, and even help unlock creative thinking and innovation in children, it is only a matter of time before the idea snowballs and more authorities jump on board.

Rhode Island, in the USA, have even started their own support website -STEM to STEAM and there is an organisation in California promoting the idea -STEAM not STEM! The buzz has only really spread around the USA, but its only a matter of time before it grows wings and flies over the pond! So watch this space.