This issue of the Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions is focused on the effects of integrating arts with STEM areas, an important and widely-considered topic in education today. This editorial provides an overview of the current state of the arts and STEM areas integration paradigm, an analysis of the benefits of the arts integration with the STEM subjects, and an overview of the history of the arts anchor standards. Comparison and connections between the National Arts Core anchor arts standards, the scientific method, engineering design process, and the 5E learning cycle are also illuminated. Summaries of the practical and research articles of this issue, highlighting the arts standards addressed, are included in this editorial.
Zhbanova, K. S. (2017). How the arts standards support STEM concepts: A journey from STEM to STEAM. Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 2(2), 1-14.