STEM, STEAM and STREAM: What These Words Mean for Higher Education

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  • 60 minutes

In both higher education and K-12, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH – “STEM” has become the acronym used to symbolize a modern approach to science and related subjects that teaches interrelated concepts and focuses on identifying problems which are solved with critical thinking and analytical skills. Then, in 2013, the Rhode Island School of Design coined the acronym STEAM, specifically adding ART into the mix. This was meant to show that elements of good design and creative approaches are also incorporated into teaching. Not to be outdone, READING has been incorporated into this Math and science approach, thereby creating a third category: STREAM. Root-Bernstein and Root-Bernstein said in 1999 that “writing, like any other art, teaches the entire range of “tools for thinking” that are required to be creative in any discipline.

If you are confused, you are not alone. But K-12 and higher education leaders have taken on the task of using all three designations to work with millennials, Generation Z, and other specific cohorts who are in American colleges and universities, and those that are presently in the pipeline.

Join this session by expert speaker Kent Seaver, where he we will explore the meaning of STEM, STEAM and STREAM as well as the importance & results of these 3-terms.

Session Highlights:

  • What are the proper definitions and designations for STEM, STEAM and STREAM

  • How does American Higher Education recruit and retain these designations in all areas of academics, not just math and science

  • What are the implications for the American workforce as these 3 disciplines matriculate through the educational system.

Why You Should Attend:

Examine the important of, as well as the results of, the recruiting and teaching of the 3 specific disciplines regarding students from the faculty, student, and workforce perspective. It is an all-encompassing process starting at recruitment to admission, from class work to graduation, and even to employment. Academic institutions will be able to view a comprehensive model for advising cohorts of STEM, STEAM and STREAM students who may be first generation, international or working toward a specific internship. These areas can all be equipped for academic and workforce success with proper training, understanding and guidance. This model will not just include what you need, it will include why you need it.

Who Should Attend:

This presentation is perfect for a very diverse group of campus stakeholders

  • Director of High School Recruitment

  • Coordinators of Advising

  • Deans of Undergraduate Studies

  • Directors of TRIO and EOP Programs

  • Designated summer bridge counselor who work with Science and Technology

  • Campus administrators

  • Student life and residence coordinators

  • Faculty

  • Advisors

  • Parents

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.
** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

Kent  Seaver

Kent Seaver

Kent Seaver has 18 years of experience in the fields of student services and learning resources. While at North Lake College in Irving,TX, he has expanded his work to include multiple student cohorts, including Title IX initiatives. He is presently the Director of Planning and Development and was previously the Director of Learning Resources. He served as Title IX Coordinator from 2014-2016. In that role, Kent created the first comprehensive Title IX intake and response program in the Dallas County District. Kent has earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctorate in Law from Texas Wesleyan University.

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