Capacity Building: STEM to STEAM in South Carolina

By 2018, an estimated 81,000 STEM jobs will need to be filled in South Carolina. Despite an increase in STEM majors, however, students are not choosing STEM fields. Instead, they are selecting more “transdisciplinary” fields that include the arts. An innovative educational practice called STEAM (where “A” represents the arts) is helping students see the creative and imaginative parts of STEM and increasing their engagement in STEM. The development of an interdisciplinary STEAM ecosystem—including schools, families, businesses, and community members—is being led by a team of Clemson University faculty. The effort aims to increase the participation of South Carolinians in STEM, beginning in elementary school.

“Capacity Building: STEM to STEAM in South Carolina” will focus on:


  • the importance of deepening the content knowledge of teachers, parents, caregivers, and business partners, and why they are all invested in the success of building the STEAM Ecosystem;
  • how underserved and high-needs school districts will be incorporated into STEAM to ensure that the workforce reflects the state’s changing demographics; and
  • how the initiative will create the nation’s first STEAM Teaching Endorsement.

Tweet about this broadcast using #STEAM or at @NDPCn, @CUScienceEdProf, @daniherro.


Presentation Notes  pdf
Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, this curated compilation will help you strategize around different approaches to integrated studies.
This South Carolina NPR special series explores the unexpected intersections of art and science.
Interactive tools and simulation environments that enable and encourage exploration and discovery through observation, conjecture, and modeling activities.
This guide introduces girls in grades 9-12 to young women engineers and highlights careers.
All 38 K-12 STEM programs included in this report provide challenging content/curriculum, an inquiry-learning environment, defined outcomes/assessment, and sustained commitment/community support.
Downloadable posters, educator guides with activities and age-appropriate career information for your students. All activities meet national education standards of learning for math, science and technical literacy.
A host of free STEM resources for students and teachers from Pre-K to high school.

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