The Valdosta City School System was, as of Wednesday, adding art as a subject in its STEM teaching curriculum.
Wednesday, Valdosta elementary and and middle school students got a chance to look at and judge their fellow students' artwork as part of the school system's STEAM Day event at Newbern Middle School. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
The students also participated in a robotics competition.
Alex Alvarez, VCS Teaching and Learning Coordinator, said universities had begun emphasizing art and creativity as an important component of science, technology, engineering, and math so he felt it was important for the students to engage in art as well.
"Creativity is kind of the overarchin' factor that we wanted students to express and also research what STEAM is and express that through the STEM powered world," Alvarez said.
Alvarez also said he planned to make STEAM Day an annual event in the school system.