Date on Honors Thesis



Middle School Education

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Miguel Gómez

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Chanel Schwenck

Examining Committee Member

Prof. Christine Witkowski


This paper discusses the importance of teachers implementing STEAM education in the classroom. Previously, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (abbreviated as STEM) education was used as a tool to prepare students to excel in career fields that are projected to grow in the near future. However, recently the acronym was changed to STEAM to add “the arts” to the original acronym. It is imperative that the arts are seen as an equal to STEM, as they can complement and enhance the goals STEM is trying to reach. Since not all students possess the same interest, ways of learning, or abilities, it is vital that teachers do the best they can to reach all of their students through their curriculum. Though the task may seem daunting, there are countless ways that the arts seamlessly fits into STEM. In this paper, four middle-school appropriate lessons that merge the disciplines of STEAM are provided. The first lesson combines an aspect of humanities with science. The second lesson combines an aspect of visual art with an aspect of technology. The third lesson combines an aspect of theater with an aspect of engineering. And the fourth lesson combines an aspect of music with an aspect of mathematics.