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STEAM integrates the benefits of STEM with principles of creativity and innovation through the arts. It allows students to connect their STEM learning together with arts practices and design principles. This way students have even more skills at their disposal.

Is future economic growth really reliant on STEM?

1 in 5
5 new jobs in the UK by 2022, will be in STEM roles1
of all UK businesses rely on people with STEM skills22
of employers think they’ll struggle to recruit STEM technicians and graduates in the next three years3

Statistics like these have led to increased investment in STEM initiatives in schools.

This includes things like:

  • 1:1 mobile devices for students and BYOD
    (bring your own device) initiatives
  • After-school STEM or coding clubs and robotics programmes
  • Schools creating a specific STEM curriculum
  • STEM interactive days - run by people like Tablet Academy

These projects are a great way to promote areas of study where there’s a skills gap in the UK, however, STEM learning misses out the critical processes of creativity and innovation. Even with experiential learning opportunities, they’re limited to only science, technology, engineering and maths.

To make students truly future-fit they need more than an understanding of these areas – they need to be able to apply their learnings, to create and demonstrate ingenuity.

"STEAM… [disciplines are] access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking."
Susan Riley | Arts Integration Specialist

This is why the STEM to STEAM movement has been on boarded in the past few years. Many employers, educators, and parents have voiced concerns that STEM alone misses several key components that are critical for students to prepare and thrive in the present, as well as their future.

Why should your students consider a STEAM career?

STEM graduates earn £250,000 more in their lifetime than non-graduates3 47% of people with Bachelor’s degrees in STEM occupations earn more than people with PhDs in non-STEM roles4 The average starting salary for STEM graduates is £21,7021

As an approach to learning, STEAM uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as starting points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

  • Take thoughtful risks
  • Engage in experiential learning
  • Persist with problem-solving
  • Embrace collaboration
  • Work through the creative process

STEAM students are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!

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