Spring 2017 Impact

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5 Foreword Science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM) have captured the attention of educators and the public alike. e world's economy is counting on the development of individuals who can harness these areas and be the problem-solvers needed to address the complex issues we face. Schools are expected to produce workers who are prepared to step into these valued roles. As of this moment, the United States has yet to produce enough graduates ready to work in these areas, and companies are still relying on (now at risk) H-1B Visa holders to fill the open positions in fields that require such thinking. At the same time, schools struggle to make sense of how to develop as 21st century learning environments to promote inquiry and support transdisciplinary learning. Some ways to attend to the curiosity of budding scientists, technologists, engineers, artists, and mathematicians is through the creation of clubs and special events. ese are generally provided as enrichment activities outside of the school day limiting the numbers of learners who participate. With a deeper understanding of the value of a needed systemic shi that includes STEAM activities for all students, groups of educators at all levels are envisioning schools as interdisciplinary, project and problem based environments, in which students learn how to design solutions and apply their knowledge in real-world contexts, no matter the subject's content. Dr. Karen N. Bell, our guest editor for this Spring Issue of our IMPACT Journal Moving Full 'STEAM' Ahead has gathered 5 active and forward thinking authors to share their thoughts and the results of their hard work. Dr. Bell has filled many different roles during her tenure at SUNY New Paltz since arriving there in 2000. As an Associate Professor, Dr. Bell's dedication to her students and the quality of Jill Berkowicz Ed.D. IMPACT editor

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