Is STREAM the new STEM?

Over the past few years, a new trend in teaching science and math has been evolving. Many schools already embrace the STEM philosophy (science, technology, engineering and math), but many are beginning to infuse STREAM curriculum into their academic plans. What is STREAM and how is it different than STEM?

STREAM stands for science, technology, reading/writing, engineering, art and math. But what does art, reading and writing have to do with math, engineering and science? Some educators have noticed that some of their students who are more artistically inclined feel left out from science and math curriculum, and the burdens of logical thinking for these students seem especially heavy. By incorporating these other subjects into typical STEM lesson plans, all students are benefitting from finding innovative ways to express their learning of math, science and engineering concepts.

A future scientist benefits from honing the skills needed to write a scientific paper. A future engineer may need creative skills to problem-solve a particular unexpected scenario they encounter. Likewise, the student who may excel at art and writing may be nervous to delve into math. They can find a common ground where their creative skills can be observed in concrete form, such as creating an art project that also uses math as a framework. The goal of STREAM is inclusivity as well as nurturing the talents and skills of all learners to become better suited to 21st century careers. Many publishers have begun to tackle this trend and we are seeing a jump in STREAM curriculum development as well as interest from school districts to find easy, accessible content that they can use in their classroom every day. EdGate has Subject Matter Experts who specialize in cross-curricular content alignment and are well versed in the concept of STREAM. We also enjoy "thinking outside the box" and can help you fit your lesson or activities into this ever-growing trend.

By: Lindsey Dumovich
Account Executive