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Why STEAM

SAGE STEAM Campers working on a project

Careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics provide highly stable, well-paying jobs. In turn, more young women entering STEM programs provide diverse perspectives from a deeper talent pool – a win-win for the U.S. economy. 

So why include the Arts and Humanities with STEM? Adding or emphasizing the arts and humanities may help to overcome the gender gap which still exists in STEM. A report from the Alliance for Science and Technology Research states that 47 percent of male students will show interest in a STEM career in 2017, compared to only 13.3 percent of girls with similar interests (Oklahoma Department of Labor, 2016). A 2016 report and a 2013 proceedings paper suggest adding art may increase student interest in subjects which are perceived as less enjoyable or less relatable.

three girls and a laptop

Because these subjects often include math, engineering, and computer science, the SAGE STEAM Camp features workshops (such as creating and programming robots in a summer scene) during which girls have fun while successfully completing projects.

In addition, the arts and humanities had naturally permeated and enriched the former Tech Trek camp. Camp committee members recognized how the arts and humanities can, on their own, enhance transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, and professionalism. Therefore, new collaborators from the arts and humanities helped to update and develop camp activities which incorporated and featured the Arts and Humanities, to make STEAM.

Two SAGE STEAM Campers playing the bongos

In the News

In Fall 2018, in recognition for these efforts, the camp received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Press release:  SWOSU SAGE STEAM Camp Receives National STEM Award.

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