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Where Do The Arts Fit Into STEM Education?

May 7, 2014

The STEM to STEAM movement has been gaining momentum lately, and while we agree that STEM education is very important, we also agree that putting emphases on STEAM education will be beneficial for everyone.

In the past STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education has been pushed for those interested in a career in industry, however lately there has been a realization that the arts have not been represented in this curriculum, and they should be. Hence STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

In order to drive today’s economy, we need to have fully developed products that function well, and look great. If either one of those aspects fails, consumers will not purchase at the rate needed to keep our economy running.

Every day consumers are designers in their own right. They create their rooms, their offices and they want things to match their aesthetic, and because of that they purchase products that look great and have a certain appeal.

Of course we still need the engineering aspect, and the math. The people who make the product function, and function well. But by putting these studies together, we get the best possible product. And isn’t that what any smart consumer wants?

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