STEAM on the Hill: A Conversation with Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
The daughter of a music teacher, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici knows that the arts strengthen STEM and vice versa. “Integrating the arts into STEM education inspires more critical thinking, which we need to maintain our country’s spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship,” she says.
Bonamici co-founded the Congressional STEAM caucus to champion arts education and pinpoint opportunities to blend arts with STEM. As a representative of Oregon’s 1st Congressional District, her office currently leads the Congressional App Challenge. Rep. Bonamici answered our questions about why government, business and education should talk about the arts and engineering in the same sentence.