Congressional STEAM Caucus Briefing

Young Audiences Arts for Learning, in cooperation with the Congressional STEAM Caucus presents a STEM to STEAM briefing on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 2 pm in Washington D.C. This briefing focuses on changing the vocabulary of education to include both art and science and will include an interactive presentation to show what STEAM looks like in the classroom. The STEAM Caucus is Co-Chaired by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici and Aaron Schock.

The speaking agenda will include presentations by David A. Dik, Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning; Amy Rasmussen, Executive Director of Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE); Scott Sikkema, Education Director at CAPE; Katie Lynn, Executive Director, Arts Partners Wichita; and an interactive presentation by Akua Kouyate, Senior Director of Education, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, with a teacher and teaching artists from Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.

STEAM represents the economic progress and breakthrough innovation that comes from adding art and design to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and research: STEM + Art = STEAM. Access to ever-increasing data sets, complex scientific discovery, and always-on devices have left us oversaturated with information. The tools and methods of design offer new models for creative problem solving and interdisciplinary partnership, introducing innovative practices of design thinking into STEM education and research. To realize this potential, scientists, artists and designers must develop new ways of working together and new modes of research and education. This will keep America at the forefront of innovation, ensuring our sustained global leadership and cultural prosperity in the 21st-century. For more information visit


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