Quality STEM instruction (science, technology, engineering and math) is key to bolstering economic and global competitiveness, but research shows that the nation’s STEM workforce is lacking in qualified applicants. STEAM education — which adds the “A” for arts — can promote a more comprehensive approach and provide state policymakers with additional policy levers.  

In partnership with the Arts Education Partnership, this Policy Brief reviews the positive impacts of STEAM education for young learners in pre-K through fifth grade and highlights four trends from arts integration and STEAM research over the past 20 years.  

Learn more about STEM and STEAM education on our Key Issue page and in our Policy Outline, Who’s Who in STEAM Education State Governance.

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