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STEM vs STEAM: How does “A” make a difference?

Written By Amrita Shenoy


Have you ever thought about mastering science and arts simultaneously? Both of these are driven by curiosity, discovery, the aspiration for knowledge of the world or oneself. Creativity, and where it comes from, is one of the greatest human frontiers, and one over which we have little authority of, this applies in both arts and science.


What is STEM?


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STEM is a term widely used to group the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

  • The science in STEM refers to the three major branches of science that includes

  1. Natural sciences, including biology, physics, and chemistry.

  2. Formal sciences, of which include mathematics, logic, and statistics.

  3. Social science such as psychology, sociology, and political science.

  • Technology is techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation.The technology in STEM may be of several kinds like bio-technology, nano-technology, Medical Technology and Architecture Technology.

  • Engineering is the use of scientific principles to design and build machines, structures, and other items, including bridges, tunnels, roads, vehicles, and buildings. Engineering can be classified into mechanical, chemical, civil, electrical, computer-engineering and geotechnical.

  • Mathematics and statistics is required in many fields of work, including natural science, engineering, medicine, finance, and the social sciences.

STEM is typically a research and observation-based subject that is mostly used in financial securities, education, medicine, computer technologies.these subjects require Analysis, Attention to detail, Problem-solving, Critical thinking, Communication, Creativity, Leadership and Organization.


What are Arts?


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Arts are a very vast range of human implementation of creative expression, thinking and cultural practices. They border multiple diverse modes of thinking, doing and being, in an extremely broad r