STEM And STEAM Toys Explained

Posted: May 21 2018, 10:52pm CDT | by , Updated: May 21 2018, 10:54pm CDT , in Toys


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STEM and STEAM Toys Explained
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The Toy Association guides parents through STEM & STEAM toys.

Amazon has a whole section dedicated to STEM toys. But what is constitutes a STEM toy? STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), and more recently STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) toy?

The Toy Association has set out to tackle the confusion of parents when it comes to finding the best STEAM toys for their kids. In a newly published report, the toy association explains in detail what STEAM is and try to put a pole in the ground defining what constitutes a STEAM toy.

Toymakers are quick to label their toys STEM or STEAM to ride the popularity of educational toys. In general, STEM and STEAM are an educational approach that academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons. The "A" is a new addition that brings arts into the mix of disciplines kids should learn.

"To better understand STEM/STEAM, look to both its origins and its purpose. STEM itself was born in the information age, christened by the National Science Foundation and fueled by our ever-expanding appetite for technology that is better, faster, and smarter than a minute ago. It grew out of two intertwined needs— a workplace that demands STEM skills and an educational system that can pipeline people into those positions," explains the report.

The Toy Association highlights also 10 indirect benefits of toys and play as they relate to STEAM skills and attitudes in the enlightening report. You can read the full 24-page STEAM toy report here and shop for the latest STEAM toys on

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