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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 2, 2017 09:09 AM
From: Representative Brandon P. Neuman
To: All House members
Subject: STEAM Initiative Week

In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution recognizing the week of April 23 through 29, 2017 as “STEAM Initiative Week” in Pennsylvania.

“STEAM” is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. A challenging curriculum offered to students who demonstrate an aptitude for such subject areas is highly beneficial. Indeed, the concentrated focus on technological, scientific, math-related and artistic learning and skills development that takes place for such students is essential. STEAM education allows students to enter the job market well prepared to obtain good jobs with family-sustaining wages. This then strengthens and grows Pennsylvania’s economy and increases our ability to compete in the global marketplace.

STEAM skills serve to keep our country at the forefront of innovation and technology. The more recent addition of “Art” to “STEM” is reflected in the growing “STEM to STEAM” movement, which recognizes the important role that art and design play in enhancing STEM education and research. Adding “Art” to the equation uniquely enhances and broadens students’ perspective and understanding. Artists and designers have the ability to take complex scientific concepts and communicate them effectively to a broad range of audiences, making technology more accessible and improving the overall product. A cell phone is a perfect example of merging art and design with technology. If we want to foster innovation and leadership in the global economy, we must support educational and entrepreneurial growth in both the scientific and creative spheres.

Please join me in sponsoring this resolution to highlight the importance of STEAM education for Pennsylvania students.

Introduced as HR182