STEM vs. STEAM – Why Half a Brain Isn’t Enough

In today’s society, it’s all too typical to hear someone claim that they are left-brained or right-brained to the point of exclusivity. People who say they are excellent at reading but poor in math or vice-versa often fail to understand that one half of the brain does not go unused in the span of a day simply because of a preconceived notion about the strength of the other side. From the moment you wake up, you start using both sides of the brain in tandem. You use the left to speak, the right to recognize images and faces, the left to use logic, the right to listen to music. That’s why many educators these days are using the acronym STEAM for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics rather than the acronym STEM which overlooks the value of art and creativity to the whole brain way of thinking. Learn more in the infographic below.

University of Florida’s Online Master of Arts in Art Education

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