STEM is an educational program developed to prepare primary and secondary students for college and graduate study in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In addition to subject-specific learning, STEM aims to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills.

Educators break STEM down into seven standards skill sets for educating science, technology, engineering and mathematics students:

  • Learn to apply content   

  • Integrate content

  • Interpret and communicate information

  • Engage in inquiry

  • Collaborate as a team

  • Apply technology appropriately.  



What is STEAM?

Schools throughout  the nation are looking towards innovation to train students to enter the competitive global economy.

Innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects. Art + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the last century.

We need to add Art + Design to the equation — to transform STEM into STEAM.


STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals.

The objectives of the STEAM movement are to:

  • Transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM

  • Encourage integration of Art + Design in K–12 education

  • Influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation