STEAM rising on Capitol Hill

Evelyn Simak

On February 14, 2013, Dr. John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), a national leader in STEAM, joined representatives of Adobe Education Worldwide, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the New York Hall of Science, and  the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a Capitol Hill briefing on STEAM.  STEAM in K12 education, museums, and workforce development/the innovation economy was discussed. It was argued that students who have the opportunity to be creative are much more engaged in school and better prepared for their future professional lives. Follow the link below for links to a video of the testimony and a MoveOn.org petition in support of STEAM. This meeting kicked off the formation of a new bi-partisan STEAM caucus.

http://www.risd.edu/about/news/steam_hits_capitol_hill/

The briefing provided some strong arguments for STEAM that apply at all levels, from pre-K through graduate studies.

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