May 21, 2018


You’ve probably heard the acronym STEM or STEAM recently, and you might be wondering what it means. More emphasis has been placed on STEM/STEAM learning in the classroom over the past few years. The argument is that incorporating all disciplines into a lesson will enable students to have a more well-rounded view of the subject matter. This also typically leads to better retention. At Renton Prep, we have long practiced STEM and STEAM learning and are proud of the foundation we’ve built for our students.


What Is STEM and STEAM?

STEM/STEAM are both acronyms that stand for: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). The addition of Arts to the equation is fairly recent. Studies have shown that high school students who learn in an arts-based environment demonstrate better critical thinking and problem-solving skills than those who don’t.

Going Beyond Facts

While there is value in students memorizing dates and names, Renton Prep believes a well-rounded education is better. Such a learning system better prepares students for real-world situations that involve higher thinking skills and the ability to solve complex problems. STEM/STEAM also encourages teamwork and the development of interpersonal skills. As a result, our students have embraced STEM and STEAM learning; and they have spoken about its benefits for Scientific American, Macmillan, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Check out the conversation in the video below or click here.

Student Examples

  • Click here to see an example of early childhood STEM.
  • Click here to see an example of how students describe and demonstrate STEAM learning.
  • The video below is an example of STEAM in middle and high school:

For All Ages

STEM/STEAM has many benefits, including the fact that it can be applied to all levels of learning. This is the reason that Renton Prep has implemented STEAM learning from early childhood education to middle and high school. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Art of Science Learning have championed this educational format. Also, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) authored a paper, Reaching Students through the Arts, that further proves the benefits of STEAM learning. Incorporating the arts with the other STEM disciplines is clearly the future of education.

If you’re interested in learning more about STEM/STEAM and how Renton Prep can enhance your child’s educational experience, we invite you to contact us today.