Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + Design and Mathematics—STEAM, and therefore, STEM education—are vital to our future—the future of our country, the future of our region and the future of our children. Besides, STEAM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences.
Have you considered how often we experience STEAM in our lives? Science is our natural world sun, the moon, and stars, the oceans, weather, natural disasters, the diversity of nature, animals (large, small, microbial). Think about the fuel that heats our homes and powers transportation; the list is endless. Technology means laptops and smartphones, but it goes back to television, radio, microscopes, telegraph, telescopes, the compass, and even the first wheel. Yes, engineering designs buildings, roads, and bridges, but it also tackles today’s challenges of transportation, global warming and environment-friendly machines, appliances, and systems. We only have to look around to see what improvements to our lives and our homes have been engineered in the last decade alone. We are graced by the beauty of Art in everyday life. The buildings we live in have to be designed by an artist. We encounter mathematics at the grocery store, the bank, on tax forms, in dealing with investments and the family budget. Every other STEAM field depends on mathematics. STEAM is important because it permeates every aspect of our lives.
Because STEAM is in every part of daily life, it is so important for our children to engage in STEAM-education. A topic of such importance demands a prominent place in our education system in the broadest sense—from the classroom to the after-school setting, to the home. Science literacy is as important as reading, writing and art for all people.
It is no secret that women and minorities are underrepresented in the STEAM field we need to bridge this gap by encouraging all children equally to become engrossed in STEAM. Exploring STEAM with Little Katie is the perfect read to making science and math courses fun and interesting not only help children to learn but might also plant the “seed of interest” that could grow into an exciting and rewarding STEAM career.