What is STEM to STEAMIE?

What is STEM?

STEM fields or STEM education is an acronym for the fields of study in the categories of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

In the United States, the acronym began to be used in education and immigration debates in initiatives to begin to address the perceived lack of qualified candidates for high-tech jobs. It also addresses concern that the subjects are often taught in isolation, instead of as an integrated curriculum. Maintaining a citizenry that is well versed in the STEM fields is a key portion of the public education agenda of the United States. The acronym has been widely used in the immigration debate regarding access to United States work visas for immigrants who are skilled in these fields. It has also become commonplace in education discussions as a reference to the shortage of skilled workers and inadequate education in these areas.

What is STEAMIE?

Coined by the membership supported organization WebProfessionals.org, the acronym STEAMIE or for the fields of study in the categories of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts, innovation and entrepreneurship aims to be more inclusive and representative of what employers really want or need.

Why is STEAMIE important?

“We are supporters of STEM education and careers for sure. But it’s the creative, the innovator and the entrepreneur that is the most sought after by employers and it is what drives our economy” – Bill Cullifer, Webprofessionals.org executive director.

“Growth doesn’t just happen, and it’s not necessarily driven by demand. Growth comes from innovation and from entrepreneurs who create demand.” Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup, a leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research.

“Arts, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship helps foster imagination into STEM knowledge by showing it a rigorous process.” Mark DuBois, a professor at Illinois Central College.

For additional information visit STEMtoSTEAMIE.org