More on STEAM

Amy Hansen reports for StateImpact Ohio that more STEM programs in Ohio schools are integrating the arts to help kids become more creative, innovative, hands-on learners. At Canton’s Hartford Middle School, for example, students are studying science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math, and finding connections across subject areas.

The Rhode Island School of Design has been a supporter of STEAM at the national level for years, and has been working with high tech industries, like Boeing and Intel, to promote the benefits of a STEAM curriculum for students. But, according to the article, there are few studies showing the benefits of STEAM for students. This is because evaluations of STEAM programs are difficult to conduct when there are no “bona fide” requirements for STEAM programs or models certified by the Ohio Department of Education.

See “STEAM – Add The Arts Into STEM” by Amy Hansen, StateImpact, August 25, 2014 at


About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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