As demand grows for a workforce educated in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), attraction and retention of students in public schools interested in STEM fields is imperative. To help meet this demand, the Center for Civic Innovation and DeBartolo Performance Arts Center is integrating the arts with STEM (STEAM) in its STEM+Music and visual arts programs.
The Department of Education has endorsed the importance of STEAM for students in public schools, and across the United States schools are embracing STEAM academies. CCI partners with Elkhart Community Schools’ Roosevelt STEAM Academy and South Bend Community Schools’ Madison STEAM Academy, two regional examples of this national trend. CCI also partners with Pierre Moran Middle School to develop STEAM curriculum for use in K-12 classrooms.
In support of STEAM education, the Center for Civic Innovation is working with community partners in developing highly innovative programs that advance students’ knowledge and skills in STEM disciplines. Through support of these programs, the center contributes to new approaches to workforce development in partnership with local public schools.