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STEAM Programs in Missouri

Written by Dr. Tomotaroh Granzier-Nakajima
Published on April 5, 2023
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There is a lack of research measuring student outcomes from STEAM education - the integration of art into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Arts education alone can improve creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and collaboration, which are skills that benefit science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

Missouri has several professional development (PD) programs to train teachers to integrate art into their lessons and educational programs to introduce children to STEAM activities.

There is a lack of research measuring student outcomes from STEAM education - the integration of art into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (Aguilera 2021; Perignat 2019; NASEM 2018).

  • Arts education alone can improve creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and collaboration, which are skills that benefit science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers (Burton 2020; Perignat 2019).
  • Nobel laureates in science are 2x as likely as other scientists to be photographers or musicians, and 15-20x as likely to participate in crafts such as wood working, creative writing, or performance art (Root-Bernstein 2015).

Missouri has several professional development (PD) programs to train teachers to integrate art into their lessons (Table 1) and educational programs to introduce children to STEAM activities (Table 2; Supplemental Table 1).

  • Out-of-school program hosts include universities, science centers, museums, and libraries.
  • Some PreK–12 schools emphasize STEAM in their curricula (e.g., STEAM Academy, Community School).

Table 1. Non-exhaustive list of MO PD programs that train educators to integrate art into STEM education.

Table 2. Non-exhaustive list of MO STEAM programs and summer camps for children.

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