WHAT IS STEAM?
STEAM uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.
In America, it is important that students, parents, and teachers have access to innovative approaches to learning.
Yet, innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – the STEM subjects. The ARTS are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century, just as science and technology did in the last century.
We need to add Art to the equation — to transform STEM into STEAM. We need to support a more creative workforce from the ground up. We need to bring these experiences into the classroom, supporting those that learn AND those that teach.
STEM + Arts = STEAM
WHY FULL STEAM AHEAD?
The Full STEAM Ahead Collaborative Initiative is designed to benefit students with limited access to high-quality STEM and arts-integrated opportunities. Many women in STEM fields cite including the arts as a way to lower barriers for and encourage girls, young women, and minorities to pursue STEM professionally, groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM-related fields.
While there are currently isolated individual efforts by local organizations to integrate ARTS and CREATIVITY into STEM subjects and classrooms, there is currently no coordinated effort or systems in place that combines, refine and deliver STEAM curriculum for students in our region created with oversight from a teacher, business professionals and teaching artists in collaboration. These collective efforts align programming, research, communication, and delivery to more effectively and efficiently support the Full STEAM Ahead initiative in an unprecedented effort to regionally infuse arts into STEM curriculum. This project will serve within the boundaries of the greater Houston area, including the counties of Montgomery, Liberty, Walker, Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Galveston.