STEM Vs STEAM: What’s the Difference?

Maybe you’ve heard of STEM, but what about STEAM? And do you know the difference?

What is STEM?

STEM, as you probably know, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths, and there’s a growing emphasis on it in education. This is largely because there are skills gaps in science and tech that need filling as a matter of urgency. STEM learning has a lot of benefits, like teaching children how to think critically, problem solve, and work as a team which are important skills for life.

What is STEAM?

STEAM incorporates art into science, technology, engineering, and maths, and the theory is that it encourages children to think outside the box and solve problems creatively.


So is one better than the other? Some people argue that introducing art to STEM learning somehow ‘dilutes’ the more scientific subjects, while people who are in favour of STEAM learning say that introducing art doesn’t take anything away from science, in fact it adds to it. Adding art to STEM learning can also help make STEM subjects more accessible to students with different learning styles.

It’s the learning that matters

Whether it’s STEM or STEAM, it’s the way children learn that’s important. STEM and STEAM encourage curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and communication. These are important skills for life, and whatever children are learning, the goal should always be to encourage a life-long love of learning.

A good education includes STEM subjects and the arts. If your child wants to be an engineer, their job will include aspects of design. If they’re an artist, they might need the technical skills of an animator or graphic designer. So whichever acronym you choose, the reality is that the arts and STEM subjects overlap much more often than you think.

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