What is STEAM?

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process.

The STEM to STEAM movement has been taking root and is surging forward as a positive mode of action to truly meet the needs of a 21st century economy. STEM alone misses several key components that many employers, educators, and parents have voiced as critical for our students to thrive.

The UConn STEAM Collaboration unites the interdisciplinary creative processes of faculty and students to build dynamic educational and research opportunities through innovative, enhanced technologies and inquiry-based environments that fuse the arts with science, technology, engineering and math.

STEAM in the News

Recent Posts

Donna and John Krenicki
University of Connecticut alumni John and Donna Krenicki gave $5 million to the university’s Schools of Fine Arts and Engineering to launch the Krenicki Arts and Engineering Institute, an innovative, interdisciplinary nexus that will offer groundbreaking classes in areas like entertainment engineering and industrial design.
STEAM Article Animating Science
An article about the Digital Media and Design “Animating Science” course designed and taught by Anna Lindemann. The class involved collaboration with the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) / Journalism "Science Communication 2” course, and faculty and staff from EEB and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History.
STEAM Article Animating Biological Concepts
An article about projects developed for the "BIOL 1107 Principles of Biology" lab course at UConn by animators and illustrators in the cross-listed Digital Media and Design and Art and Art History “Scientific Visualization” course designed and co-taught by Alison Paul and Anna Lindemann.
STEAM Article AntU
A website documenting endeavors by multiple departments and schools across UConn exploring how army ants and their guests can inspire synergy across science, fine arts, and the humanities.