Studies show participation in STEAM activities is associated with significant gains in a child's ability to:
Develop critical thinking and analytical skills
Express complex ideas accurately and clearly
Solve problems creatively
Collaborate and empathize with others
Take the initiative to produce ideas, designs, and products that are novel and valuable
In addition, according to an article in the Hill entitled Early Exposure to STEM educations benefits children, economy states that "numerous evaluations found that quality STEM after-school programs...increase the likelihood of graduation and pursuit of a STEM career."
The U.S. Department of Commerce states, "jobs in science, technology, and math will grow 17% by 2018, nearly double the growth of non-STEM fields. By 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs." What an opportunity this creates for the future of our children!
The biggest benefit of participation in STEAM activities is the skills and confidence children acquire that can translate into almost any career they choose in the future.
To date, thousands of children have participated in Made for More Project art activities or book clubs. We have seen that these singular activities have sparked creativity, built confidence in learning, and have allowed kids to create something special for themselves or their families.