Some years ago, the National Science Foundation, recognizing the need for attention to be paid to several fields of importance to the nation, called for education and action in SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH. The acronym “S.T.E.M.” was coined. STEM thus became a commonly used term and rallying cry in educational and industrial communities. Then, just a couple of years ago, industry began to recognize the importance of the arts as they related to and integrated into STEM fields. With the addition of arts (and design), “S.T.E.A.M.” is now being recognized and referred to more and more.
New state and national education standards are being drafted and soon will be released to help guide the nation’s education system and business/industry complex. It is about both literacy and career development in these fields to help the U.S. keep or help regain global competitiveness.