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Sesame Street + STEAM

art + math

The STEAM movement adds another powerful voice as Sesame Street begins to sing its praises: the iconic educational program has announced that its 43rd season will focus on integrating the Arts into its existing STEM focus, most specifically in a new 11-minute episodic segment called “Elmo the Musical.”

“Elmo the Musical” is an interactive, fun-filled adventure created by Elmo and the child at home. With lots of singing and dancing, Elmo uses his imagination and math skills, such as enumeration, relational concepts, addition/subtraction, and geometric shapes to solve problems. The STEAM-based learning will continue after each segment ends—Sesame Street is supplying children and their caregivers with exciting games and learning tools accessible on
and mobile devices.

“Incorporating the arts into our STEM curriculum was an exciting and natural addition, as Sesame Street has always used music, visual and performing arts as tools to educate and entertain children,” says Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP of Education and Research at Sesame Workshop. Converting STEM to STEAM on Sesame Street doesn’t stop with Elmo: celebrity appearances by Jon Hamm, Kristen Bell, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well as favorite characters including Oscar, Rosita, and Abby Cadabby, will all contribute to the television show’s expanded STEAM curriculum.

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