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Adding Arts May Improve STEM Education Results

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You may have heard of STEM classes in education...that's an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. Those are the areas considered critical for America's economic growth. Unfortunately, U.S. students often lag behind students in other nations in those subjects. STEM teachers and STEM classes are viewed as key to the ability of future American workers to compete in the global marketplace.

But education experts now think that STEM education can be supercharged when arts are thrown into the mix. That's why you may soon be hearing more about STEAM educators: in science, technology, engineering, ARTS and math. For the last three years, the Lawrence Arts Center has been offering summer programs that incorporate this idea. KPR's Laura Lorson spoke with Margaret Morris, the executive director of programs and partnerships at the L-A-C, about why her organization has been at the vanguard of this approach.

That's Margaret Morris, the executive director of programs and partnerships at the Lawrence Arts Center. She spoke with KPR's Laura Lorson. For more information on the L-A-C's summer artspace camps, visit For more information on STEM to STEAM initiatives, visit

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