I saw the impact of STEM (Science, technology, engineering, math) in a variety of ways recently on the Toy Fair exhibit floor. But I saw even more STEAM: Science, technology, engineering, ARTS, math.
The arts and crafts emphasis wasn’t new: last year, “soft crafts” like embroidery and knitting were popular. But this year, DIY and the resulting personalization crept into most product categories.
On top of that, overseas tech companies tried to move us beyond both STEM and STEAM to STREAM: Science, technology, ROBOTICS, engineering, arts, math.
STEM? STEAM? STREAM?
We’ll see next fall when toy-shopping peaks.