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**The STEM UP grant program closed out on June 30, 2017.**

STEAM by Lindsey Padilla April 28, 2016

The article STEM vs STEAM: Do the Arts Belong? by Anne Jolly says there is a tug of war between STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and whether there is room for art to be mixed in. “Students need to have more in depth knowledge of math and science, plus the ability to integrate and apply that knowledge to solve challenges facing our nation. Students studying in STEM will develop a variety of skills for success, critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration and entrepreneurship to name a few, Jolly says. There are some positives to having a STEM background because the context is motivating and students can apply meaningful and important mathematics and science content. STEM lessons naturally involve art such as product design and language arts (communication) and social studies and history. A majority of the arts are needed for engineering challenges she said. The STEM focus is to develop math and science skills through engineering. According to STEAM enthusiast Ruth Catchen says the arts is a great learning tool to serve as an on ramp to STEM for underrepresented students. Engaging students’ strengths using art activities increases motivation and STEM success. Ruth sees art as a way of having a more diverse learning opportunity and access to STEM for all learners.

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