Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers help drive U.S. competitiveness by generating new ideas and starting new companies. The U.S. Department of Commerce defines STEM industries to include core occupations in the hard sciences, engineering, and mathematics. A 2015 study identified 8.6 million STEM jobs comprising 6.2 percent of U.S. employment. This study also predicts most types of STEM jobs will expand faster than all occupations until 2024, with 73 percent of STEM job growth occurring in computer occupations.
Educators and policymakers are taking notice, reformulating curricula and directing resource and policymakers in STEM education. So how do the arts fit into the equation, or do they? According to a recently published article , one of the four major classroom trends in 2018 is the continued growth of STEAM — the idea of incorporating art into STEM education.
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