STEM to STEAM is an initiative led by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to add Art and Design to the national agenda of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and research in America. When art is part of the equation, STEM expands into STEAM.

The goal of the STEAM movement is to foster the true innovation that comes when combining the mind of a scientist or technologist with that of an artist or designer. This includes efforts to:

  • transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM
  • encourage integration of Art + Design in K–12 education
  • influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation

UT Dallas, through the UT Dallas “STEAM Team”, advocates and helps develop efforts to promote STEM to STEAM in the community. STEAM camps for kids in Richardson, Dallas, and neighboring areas have previously been organized, with first year sessions’ start in 2013.