What is STEAM?

STEM education made a big push into schools in the early 2000's but for many schools this brought on a disastrous cut to the ARTS programs.  Even though STEM programs were growing, educational research showed that the gender gap among young adults entering the STEM field was widening.  Art is a natural core competency in design and engineering challenges, and there are many mathematical concepts included in art studies.  As way to recognize the important role of ART in pushing STEM education forward - especially for the females - STEAM became a new term to describe any program that encourages problem-based hands-on learning.