Experts have been preaching the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) because they believe the combination of these classes make up a core curriculum for students interested in becoming skilled engineers. But educators are beginning to discuss including the letter 'A' for art and design in the acronym.
Margaret Honey, CEO of the New York Hall of Science, commented in an "STEAM" workshop at the Rhode Island School of Design: "It's not about adding on arts education. It's about fundamentally changing education to incorporate the experimentation and exploration that is at the heart of effective education."
In this article from The Atlantic, Jessica Haley, The New York Times, discusses how pioneering "STEAM" teachers are incorporating art and design into their STEM curriculum and takes a look at their teaching philosophies.