Since the introduction of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) movements about 10 years ago, there has been a focus on making sure that our students in the United States receive a great education to stay competitive in a worldwide market.
For me, the STE(A)M movement has a deeply personal connection. My background is in engineering and technology, my degree from Cal Berkeley is in Chemistry, which lead me to a 25-plus year career in technology. My education and career path have been very “left brain” (i.e. logical, analytical) focused. What I discovered over the years is that my “right brain” (intuitive, thoughtful, creative) not only needs a release but that giving that part of my mind regular exercise makes me better at my job.