RISD STEAM wants to help shape the rapidly changing role of artists and designers in society.

About Us

RISD STEAM is a student group at the Rhode Island School of Design which aims to engage students with the rising push to include art and design thinking into the traditional "STEM" model of education. By turning STEM into STEAM, the club strives to foster a new kind of learning, promoting high-level, creative thinking among the next generation of leaders and innovators. We encourage students to investigate what STEAM might mean to them regardless of their field of study. We do this through hosting events that are workshops, lectures, and discussions. We also work to build networks within the Providence community and with students from neighboring institutions such as Brown University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We invite everyone to become a part of STEAM groups! We are equally interested in what every differing perspective might bring to our community. Find more information about how to get involved below.

Get Involved

The first way to get more involved is to sign up for our newsletter. After that, we recommend that you read about what we have been up to in our blog and see if you can find something that interests you. Then, fill out a profile here and someone from our leadership team will reach out to you to help you figure out what the best way for you to get involved is. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your major or background. We think that a diversity of backgrounds is essential to our success. Of course, don't hesitate to email us anytime at info@steamwith.us. We can't wait to hear from you!


See our blog in full for inspiration and record of what we have done.

We will have more here in the near future!


Two years ago, RISD STEAM was started by Sarah Pease, a Junior at the time who was working in the office of government relations. Sarah saw the need for a student-led arm of the institutional initiative STEM to STEAM. One logo, and a trip to CSI later, and RISD STEAM was born.

See our friends at Brown STEAM.

Email us: risd@steamwith.us


VP Outreach

VP Programming


Graphic Design '14

Architecture '14

Industrial Design '15

Sculpture Grad

Some of our friends: Betaspring, Design for America, A Better World By Design, RISD Quickies, RISD E'Ship.

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