STEM plus Arts = Learning Full STEAM ahead!

by Story Tapestries Inc. Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


Every 26 seconds, a student drops out of high school. Education Week reports that average math test scores for 17-year-olds have remained stagnant since the 1970s. U.S. eighth-graders are outperformed in math by their peers in 14 countries. Our nation is in an education crisis and we must take action. By integrating the Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Story Tapestries empowers teachers and engages every type of learner across economic, cultural, and emotional barriers.

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Schools are focused heavily on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to develop 21st century skills in the classroom, but widening learning gaps and dwindling resources are making it increasingly challenging to reach every student. U.S. student achievement in mathematics and science is lagging behind students in much of Asia and Europe and the national dropout rate has reached epidemic proportions. Teachers simply don't have the tools they need to reach all their students.


As technology increasingly defines our global economy and consciousness, math, science, and the ability to innovate and engineer have been recognized as critical skills for young people to master. Learning through the arts is multi-sensory and experiential. They provide a way of integrating STE(A)M concepts across disciplines and engaging both sides of the brain in the learning process. Schools utilizing the techniques of the arts in their curriculum have documented improved student performance.

Long-Term Impact

The strength of Story Tapestries' artist-in-residency projects is that we will not only improve math and science skills for those involved, but also help create innovative thinkers who have a desire to learn, who can logically think through and solve problems, and who are inspired to think creatively to help define our future communities. We introduce communities to using the arts in the classroom, in the library, and at home as a multifaceted approach affecting all aspects of child development.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


See Story Tapestries artists in action!
Baltimore City STEAM Program: Commercials
STEAM Program TV Show created by students
Studying the seasons with kindergarteners

Organization Information

Story Tapestries Inc.

Location: Germantown, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Arianna Ross
Germantown, MD United States
$8,036 raised of $10,000 goal
183 donations
$1,964 to go
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