STEAM Learning: Where the Magic Happens

By: Tina Shaffer

Over the past few years, there has been a renewed commitment and movement in the U.S. to spark more students’ interests in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

According to the U.S. Commerce Department, STEM job creation over the next 10 years will outpace non-STEM jobs significantly. From teachers to President Obama, many recognize that STEM is a driver of innovation. However, U.S. students lag behind many nations in reading, science and math, and teachers nationwide are facing challenges to discover and implement innovative instruction for their students.

But while innovative STEM instruction is crucial in engaging more students in these career fields, the challenges our children will face in the future workforce will require more than in-depth knowledge of STEM subjects. The solutions to those challenges will demand creative solutions and the ability to take risks and problem solve in a collaborative manner. Because of this demand, there has been a push to include the arts in the STEM acronym, changing it to STEAM.

Destination Imagination has been putting the “A” in STEAM for more than 30 years. Our Team Challenge program blends STEM education with the arts and social entrepreneurship and teaches students the creative process—a powerful learning tool that is at the root of all innovation and helps students assess problems, reflect on their progress, learn from failure and turn their original ideas into reality.


Improve your children’s education while giving them the experience of a lifetime

When your students join the Destination Imagination Team Challenge program, they will have the opportunity to learn how to think, not what to think. They will make new friends, work together to create something original, improve their self-confidence, and make a difference in the lives of others—all while learning and having fun! Students also have the opportunity to showcase their Challenge solutions at local tournaments, while our appraising volunteers encourage them each step of the way.

Our programs were developed to complement K-12 curriculum and have been implemented in schools and community organizations throughout 48 states and more than 30 countries. See our proven results here.

If you’re a parent, teacher or administrator who is interested in learning more about Destination Imagination, contact us at [email protected] or by phone at 1-888-321-1503.