We needed students in science and math. So we “created STEM.”
Then folks decided that art needed a place in design thinking so we made “STEAM.”
Then another smart someone decided that all of this work required texts we read so we created “STREAM.”
Soon a soothsayer will decide STREAM requires civic engagement and citizenship and decide we need Social Studies leading to “STREAMSS”
We used to call this “School”
STEM isn’t a class or subject. It is a way of being, thinking, and doing.
Iterative design in the process of knowledge creation.
The only STEM crisis is our addiction to alphabet soup (Source)