Are you a part of the STEAM Generation? Steam power may seem antiquated to many of us today, but during the Industrial Revolution (17th-18th century) the steam engine was a "game-changer" which gave rise to many new types of innovation. Utilizing the steam engine to power various forms of transportation (like buggies, trains and ships), large scale machinery and other aspects of society became the new normal. Eventually, new technologies eclipsed the steam engine, but steam - even today - continues to be a foundation on which we stand.

STEAM is making a comeback! In fact, as new technological advances emerge it is more apparent that steam is here to stay! The question is: Have you harnessed YOUR S.T.E.A.M. Power? By S.T.E.A.M., I am now referring to: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

You may be thinking, wait... Don't you mean S.T.E.M.? This acronym and the field of study it represents has, in recent years, expanded due in part to the realization that ART serves a critical function. Art helps us visualize our S.T.E.M. ideas. Think about it: who has ever gone after any pursuit without using at least one of the many forms of artistic expression to craft the nature of their endeavor? It is this "crafted story" which helps provide meaning, context and direction to what we desire to accomplish in life.

For example, between 1899 and 1903 the Wright Brothers used writing and drawing (Art) as they put S.T.E.M. to work in order to unlock the secrets of heavier-than-air human flight and create the world's first successful airplane.

Another example are Disney Imagineers. Have you heard of them? They are most famous for using various forms of Art to conceptualize their S.T.E.M. processes in order to invent amazing theme park attractions for Walt Disney World Inc.

In fact, every life pursuit - from transportation and filmmaking, to medicine and music (and all in between) use some form of Art to help bring vision into reality. Art, it turns out, serves as the "glue" which interconnects all S.T.E.M. pursuits.

So, in this day and age, S.T.E.A.M. is more important than ever! Those who put their "STEAM POWER" to work will help change the course of history and write a new narrative on what is possible. And here's the great thing about S.T.E.A.M... there is room for everyone to be involved. You can be from the suburbs or the 'hood. You can go to a great school or an underperforming one. You can be rich or in poverty. Ultimately, "STEAM POWER" isn't about the physical resources you have or don't have. It is about the internal perspective you posses on the inside. If you have imagination and determination, you are a part of the S.T.E.A.M. Generation!

Take Curtis Powers (the main character in my Speedsuit Powers Trilogy) for example. Without giving away too much of Book One's storyline... Curtis realizes at the start of 9th grade that he has a problem - he's being bullied by Treyshawn Jinkins. But he's not sure what to do about his dilemma until his mother and science teacher make unrelated comments which unknowingly present him with the "seeds" for an idea. Curtis takes the idea and uses S.T.E.A.M. to take it from theory to practical solution. You can learn to do the same thing too. YOU CAN create positive solutions for the problems you encounter. And who knows where these solutions will lead you!

Whether you are interested in robotics, drawing, physics, geometry, cooking, fashion, writing, dancing, medicine, sports, architecture, filmmaking or a host of other adventures, you have a connection to S.T.E.A.M.. 

You HAVE power! So, get to work putting it into action! Start by declaring, "I am part of the S.T.E.A.M. Generation!" Write it down and put it on your wall so you can see it every day and reinforce its truth in your mind. The next thing you can do is read the Speedsuit Powers Trilogy and see how S.T.E.A.M. plays a part in the journeys of all the characters and ultimately... how it can be integral in your life as well. Then, you can do a Google search on S.T.E.A.M. or talk to your science teacher or librarian so you can learn more about it. 

Finally, as you develop your skill-set, don't be afraid to pursue new areas which may lead to the discovery of new talents and open doors for new possibilities. And know, as you run this journey called Life that YOU ARE a part of the S.T.E.A.M. Generation! So, Run Your Dreams! Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics are yours to command.

-Allen Paul Weaver III-