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Rep. Bonamici Attends Briefing on STEAM Education; Welcomes Rep. Stefanik as STEAM Caucus Co-Chair

May 14, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, May 15, 2015 Congresswoman Bonamici will speak at a briefing that Young Audiences Arts for Learning, in cooperation with the Congressional STEAM Caucus, will host to highlight the benefits of STEAM (STEM + Arts) education.

Teachers from several of the nationwide Young Audiences affiliates will showcase engaging curriculum that incorporates the arts and design into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses. The briefing will give members of Congress and their staff a chance to see how schools have successfully implemented STEAM lessons to better engage students and inspire them to be more creative.

The briefing comes as Rep. Bonamici (D-OR-01) welcomes the new Congressional STEAM Caucus co-chair, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21). “I am thrilled to welcome Congresswoman Stefanik as the new STEAM Caucus Co-Chair, and I look forward to working with her to advance innovative approaches to education,” Congresswoman Bonamici said. “Incorporating the arts and design into STEM not only helps students access and retain the material, it also encourages students to explore new ideas and think creatively to solve problems.”

“I’m excited to work with Congresswoman Bonamici and the STEAM Caucus,” Congresswoman Stefanik said. “By incorporating the artist’s perspective into the important work being done in the STEM fields, we can challenge our students to think outside the box and create new solutions to complex problems. The work being done by these students will be of critical importance to our 21st century economy, both in upstate New York, and across the country. I am happy to be a co-chair of this caucus and I look forward to this important briefing.”

Haden Land, Vice President of Research and Technology at Lockheed Martin, will moderate the briefing.

Members of the media may contact Alex Gilliland:, 202-754-1649

WHO: The STEAM Caucus, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) & Young Audiences Arts for Learning

WHAT: STEAM briefing

WHEN: Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Cannon House Office Building, Room 122

              Washington, D.C.