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What is STEM or STEAM ?

STEM or STEAM and some Background

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

STEM and STEAM are an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem based learning.


President Obama and STEM

From early in his Administration, President Obama has made improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education a priority—he believes that every American student deserves access to a high-quality education in STEM for both their future and for the Nation’s future. Over the past seven years, the Obama Administration’s efforts have resulted in unprecedented levels of public-private collaboration in STEM education; policies and budgets focused on maximizing Federal investment to increase student access and engagement in active, rigorous STEM-learning experiences; and meaningful efforts to inspire and recognize young inventors, discoverers, and makers.

"One of the things that I’ve been focused on as President is how we create an all-hands-on-deck approach to science, technology, engineering, and math… We need to make this a priority to train an army of new teachers in these subject areas, and to make sure that all of us as a country are lifting up these subjects for the respect that they deserve."

Some interesting links on STEM programs in the US.

A good source for STEAM learning.

STEAM Edu Pyramid

Makeblock Shop - Educational STEM and STEAM Open-Source Robots with Arduino and Scratch. Maker of mBot, Starter Robot, mBot Ranger, Ultimate Robot, Airblock, Neuron and LaserBot.