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STEM vs STEAM

Find information and resources on the relationship between the arts, humanities, and soft sciences with STEM.

STEM vs. STEAM

This guide provides information and resources related to the intersection of the arts with STEM. Use the menu on the left to find information and resources related to STEAM, examples of the art being used in science and vice versa.

What is STEM and STEAM?

The term STEM was coined in 2001 by administrators with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to refer to fields and educational curricula in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEAM, which infuses the "A" for Arts into the equation, started gaining traction soon after the advent of STEM as a means to spur more design thinking and creativity within STEM and "an interest in the concepts as well as the 'hows' and 'whys' of creative problem-solving."

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