STEAM: Why Schools Should Add Art to the Mix
Chances are, you’ve heard a lot of buzz about STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math). These fields of study impart skills that are invaluable for careers of the 21st century.
Studies show that students who are immersed in a STEM program become innovative problem solvers with skills essential for success in higher education. With content that is relevant to the real world, children are able to develop as collaborators, critical thinkers, and strong communicators from an early age.
From STEM to STEAM — Integrating the Arts
You may have noticed that, at NCA, our STEM acronym has an extra letter. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and science. We believe art plays an important role in developing the skills discussed above. It fits seamlessly into the STEM world because each of these fields require creativity and ingenuity, skills that art education can build like no other.
Here’s how remembering the ‘A’ in STEAM makes a difference for students.
Art education trains students to express themselves, and engage with others through meaningful communication. Without these skills, success in any field is difficult to achieve.
All innovation is driven by good design. Before products come to life, they are sketched out. Before skyscrapers are built, drafts are created. Art has had a place at the table long before the STEM term was coined.
In today’s market, the creative industry is booming right alongside the fields of science and technology. From creating products to effective selling through storytelling, today’s leading jobs certainly have an art component.
Adding art to the STEM arena gives students an opportunity to apply it like never before. When knowledge is applied in real-world situations, learning is maximized.
Learn More About STEAM Education at NCA
At Northside Christian Academy, our STEAM focus prepares students for college, career, and beyond. We invite you to see our program in action by scheduling a campus tour.