Over the years, an increasing amount of schools nationwide have incorporated the STEM framework into their curriculum, engaging students around the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math. The framework has proved to be a critical component to elementary education that better prepares students’ for future careers, especially since the United States is expecting to see more than three million job openings in the STEM-related fields in 2018. Recently, however, educators have recognized the benefits of integrating arts education into STEM subjects, which has led to a new framework.

STEAM education is a cross-curricular learning style and allows for...

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  • About the Author:

    Rebecca Bersani is the STEAM instructor for grades 1-6 at the Blue Academy Elementary School, a part of the MSD of Decatur Township in Indianapolis, a nationally recognized school district that uses an innovative and personalized, small-learning community approach. Bersani believes a critical component to teaching is knowing each student and recognizing them as both individual learners and equal in a classroom. She has an undeniable passion for teaching and creativity in technology and is committed to fostering environments that encourage creativity.