STEM to STEAM

Written by Amy DeCaussin – Director of Projects & Social Media

At Laboratory5 we are focused on using art and creativity to enhance businesses and organizations in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries.  We believe that in doing so, we are enhancing experiences and pushing innovation.  This is a “STEM to STEAM” concept.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics while STEAM combines those components with Art.  The founder of the STEM initiative is Georgette Yakman. The idea of adding the arts to the STEM acronym, allows for a formal way to link the subjects together and correspond them to the global socioeconomic world. Yakman’s defining sentence is: “Science and Technology, interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in elements of Mathematics”   Today Many businesses, organizations and institutions throughout the United States base innovation on this concept.

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Illustration by Cyndi Coon – President of Laboratory5

According to StemtoSteam.org, of RISD, “In this climate of economic uncertainty, America is once again turning to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future.  Yet innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects.  Art + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century.  We need to add Art + Design to the equation – to transform STEM into STEAM.”

The site goes on to say, “The objectives of the STEAM movement are to:

-transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM

-encourage integration of Art + Design in K-20 education

-influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation”

You can take action!  Click Here to see how you can get your business or organization involved.

STEM to STEAM – that’s what we do!

Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

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Nerdy Events In Phoenix This Month

We all know this is a big year with the Super Bowl being in Arizona, but for our less athletically inclined there are still some great things to check out in AZ this year. Like the Arizona SciTech Festival, which runs from late Jan through March. There will be around 700 events and workshops for all ages, some online, that promote use of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Check out their website here azscitech.com, for event times and details.

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At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy, geeky qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

Visit our website: Laboratory5       Follow us on Twitter: @lab5     Become a fan on Facebook: Laboratory5
Contact Us at anytime – we’d love to hear from you

What is STEAM

It started with STEM . . . A great place to begin growth.

STEM is an acronym for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS. The term is used as an education policy and a curriculum option for educators and policy makers. 

We added STEAM . . . which we use to propel the other other areas of education.

STEAM is an acronym for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART AND MATHEMATICS. The initiative began so that the arts and design would be included in STEM education.

The founder of this initiative is Georgette Yakman. The idea of adding the arts to the STEM acronym, allows for a formal way to link the subjects together and correspond them to the global socioeconomic world. Yakman’s defining sentence is: “Science and Technology, interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in elements of Mathematics”

At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy, geeky qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

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Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

Visit our website: Laboratory5       Follow us on Twitter: @lab5     Become a fan on Facebook: Laboratory5

Contact Us at anytime – we’d love to hear from you.