For years, educators have been focusing on STEM education—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. However, there is a new national movement aiming to add an A—as in arts—into the STEM plan, thus turning STEM education into STEAM education.The hope is to develop programs of study that revolve around interdisciplinary courses—to give students a well-rounded base of knowledge that prepares them for the business world.
On February 6, 2013, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici asked witnesses about the importance of STEAM education before a hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Witnesses at the hearing, entitled "American Competitiveness: The Role of Research and Development," included Richard Templeton, President and CEO, Texas Instruments; Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and, Dr. Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering.
Click the video below to see footage of Congresswoman Bonamici's address, and the reciprocal statements by Mr. Templeton, Dr. Jackson and Dr. Vest.