STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and encompasses a vast array of subjects that fall into each of those terms.  Recently, there has been an interest in moving towards STEAM education, and incorporating the “A” for arts.

A STEM/STEAM education involves the idea of educating students in these four/five specific disciplines in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. It attempts to transform the typical teacher-centered classroom by encouraging a curriculum that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and require students to actively engage in a situation in order to find its solution.  There is a recognition that to be successful in these technical fields an individual must also be creative and use critical thinking skills that are best developed through exposure to the arts.

All students can benefit from the STEM/STEAM program because it teaches independent innovation and allows students to explore greater depths of all of the subjects by utilizing the skills learned. All jobs are requiring workers to have a greater ability to think critically, solve problems and work as a member of a team.

Students are extremely curious and impressionable, so installing an interest at an early age could spark a lasting desire to pursue a career in any of these fields.  Today’s students will be tomorrow’s global leaders.   Occupations in STEM/STEAM- related careers are some of the fastest growing and best paid of the 21st century, and they often have the greatest potential for job growth.  As Canada strives to keep up with the current and projected demand for STEM/STEAM output, it is important that our country remains competitive.  The best way to ensure future success and longevity is to make sure that students are well versed in these subjects.  Building a solid foundation through a well-rounded curriculum is the best way to ensure that students are exposed to math, science, and technology throughout their educational career.