We have long been advocates for integrating arts into STEM. Many of our partner schools even use the acronym STEAM to describe their SmartLab programs.
Digital media arts offers an engaging vehicle to explore the "T" in STEM, builds advanced communication skills and integrates well with core academic subjects. Moreover, art can connect learners who do not naturally gravitate to science and math to the field of STEM.
The emphasis on STEAM at the SmartLab program at Higher Ground Academy in St. Paul, Minn. plays a key role in the school's overall academic strategy. Click here to read about how the SmartLab is motivating learners and helping Higher Ground close the achievement gap.