4. STEM education includes the arts.
STEM does not exclude the arts just because it’s missing the A. STEM education relies on creativity and creative expression to spark innovation and flexible thinking. The benefits of music education on STEM learning have been well documented, and teachers can even use to teach STEM concepts.
Formal artistic productions such as plays, musicals, and concerts cannot happen without STEM skills behind the scenes, and new advancements in STEM fields cannot happen without creative thinking to spawn innovation. They are naturally intertwined, regardless of the letters in the acronym.