The SySTEAM Initiative

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Humanities, & Mathematics Initiative
An open-access, volunteer-run community on systems education

( Est. 2021 )

Better interdisciplinary systems education... for a better world




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Our vision is for a world where every student gets equipped with the interdisciplinary skills they need in order to succeed into today’s globalized society. SySTEAM aims to help promote a more just, equitable, and transparent approach to education in general, and interdisciplinary systems thinking/systems engineering competencies in particular, aimed at reducing disparities in educational quality, access, and competency attainment.

SySTEAM strives to improve the quality of STEAM education worldwide, for all students, by changing the way in which educators, administrators, and other relevant stakeholders place value on and leverage ST/SE skills, and by establishing a community to advocate for holistic integration of ST and SE principles and skills into existing STEAM curricula and programs.


The SySTEAM Initiative is an international and interdisciplinary volunteer effort founded on the belief that systems skills should be part of every student’s educational foundation, so that all students can have the interdisciplinary skills they need to succeed in their chosen endeavors and as global citizens. SySTEAM was established in to address widespread issues in science, technology, engineering, arts/humanities, and mathematics (STEAM) education, specifically with regards to the inclusion of interdisciplinary systems thinking (ST) and systems engineering (SE) skills in curricula. The initiative is working on developing a framework for putting these skills in every classroom – from primary school to postgraduate – and is putting together a diverse community of volunteers from across the globe to help make that happen.

STEAM advocacy

We at SySTEAM believe that every student, no matter where in the world they live or what career they want to pursue, has a fundamental right to a quality education.

With the heartfelt conviction that the arts and humanities are a critical part of that interdisciplinary vision, we want to recognize the contributions those fields can offer systems engineering and systems engineering competency education as well as vice versa. We consequently encourage all individuals interested in supporting the SySTEAM vision to join our community, and welcome participants from all academic, geographic, and personal backgrounds (inclusive of individuals from both the sciences and humanities alike).


SySTEAM's values & ethics

Core values

SySTEAM is committed to helping promote more just, equitable, and transparent approaches to education, and thus supports the integration and enhancement of ST/SE into STEAM education in such a manner that helps reduce disparities in educational quality, access, and competency attainment. 

SySTEAM's organizational philosophy and strategy reflect this commitment, as well as alignment with a set of core values that support furtherance of the SySTEAM mission and vision.

Accessibility & transparency

The SySTEAM community is publicly accessible, and all of our group’s work products are released to the public, free of cost, upon completion.

Inclusivity & accountability

We are an international community open to anyone, anywhere, interested in supporting our mission, and seek out diverse perspectives and stakeholder feedback on our work.

Quality & action- driven performance

SySTEAM prioritizes the development of implementable, useful recommendations that are beneficial for educators and students alike.

Integrity and ethical conduct

Our community abides by ethical standards and seeks to ensure all of its efforts are viable, implementable, and positively impactful.

SySTEAM Code of Ethics

The SySTEAM Code of Ethics sets a standard of ethical conduct for all of SySTEAM's activities.



Get involved with SySTEAM

Interested in becoming a SySTEAM community member? SySTEAM is always actively seeking new participants. Regardless of your professional background, location, or level of commitment, there’s likely something you can contribute to SySTEAM. The following listing highlights some of SySTEAM's events and activities that take place throughout the calendar year for the benefit of SySTEAM community members and the general public.

We hope to see you join us, and for you to become part of a vibrant global community seeking to improve education for all!

Join us on Discord!

Get access to the latest SySTEAM announcements, materials, and discussion through SySTEAM's online Discord community hub. Join using the button below or at .

Participate in the SySTEAM volunteer reviewer program

Get involved with both SySTEAM and one of the most prominent open-access SE informational sources in the systems community through SySTEAM's volunteer reviewer program! We're coordinating with SEBoK ( to match SySTEAM community volunteers with opportunities to help review & provide technical + readability feedback on SEBoK content. Learn more at:

Sign up for SySTEAM's community meetings

Join the SySTEAM community in brainstorming ideas for SySTEAM's work products and discussing topics in systems competency education through SySTEAM's regularly scheduled online (Zoom) community meetings.

Coordinate with SySTEAM

SySTEAM welcomes input & engagement from other groups & communities working on similar or related efforts associated with STE(A)M engagement and systems competency education.

    Announcement: SySTEAM strategy session

    June 27, 2024 @ 10AM Eastern

    Zoom link:


    INCOSE SySTEAM is excited to announce that its next community meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 27, 2024 @ 10AM to 11AM Eastern. Please note that this is a one-hour meeting; we'll be returning to our two-hour working session meetings in July.

    At this meeting, we'll be discussing more details of our newly-launched SySTEAM volunteer reviewer program, and will delve into an exploration of SySTEAM's ongoing activities and plans for the second half of the calendar year.

    Anyone and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of professional affiliation or INCOSE membership status.

    Please join our online community hub (info provided on our main webpage: for more information about our prior meetings and upcoming plans.

    Announcement posted by Caitlyn Singam, SySTEAM Program Director | Jun 21, 2024

    Next meeting: GBM #17

    July 25, 2024 @ 10AM to 12PM Eastern

    Zoom link:

    INCOSE SySTEAM is excited to announce that its next community meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, July 25, 2024 @ 10AM to 12PM Eastern. Please note that this is a two-hour meeting, in accordance with our new bimonthly (1 meeting per 2 months) meeting schedule.

    At this meeting, we'll continue to work on developing our systems thinking (ST/SE) integration framework and expounding on our prior discussions and action items related to STEAM education and the systems competencies that we started at our workshops. If you’re interested in supporting the INCOSE SySTEAM mission of “improving education for all students, everywhere”, or otherwise in getting involved in our community, these meetings are where the magic happens. Anyone and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of professional affiliation or INCOSE membership status.

    Please join our online community hub (info provided on our main webpage: for more information about our prior meetings and upcoming plans.

    Announcement posted by Caitlyn Singam, SySTEAM Program Director | Apr 19, 2024

Operational strategy

In order to support its mission and vision, SySTEAM is working towards four key goals:

(1) development of a framework for ST/SE integration into STEAM, inclusive of recommendations for including ST/SE skills in both science and humanities classrooms alike;

(2) establishment of a committee that will advocate for adoption of the framework across the globe;

(3) generation of general guidance for companies and members of industry to engage in STEAM and support the SySTEAM vision; and

(4) a large, interdisciplinary community of collaborators, advocates, and experts whose input, suggestions, and participation will help shape SySTEAM’s product development efforts and drive the initiative forward. 

Ongoing efforts

Community building

SySTEAM hosts free, public events to help provide opportunities for the international systems education community to interact and collaborate with colleagues around the globe while engaging in thoughtful discussion and debate on topics relating to systems competency education. In particular, SySTEAM's mini-conference series (launched in 2023) aims to provide members of the SySTEAM community and beyond to showcase their thoughts, ideas, and projects in the realm of systems education in a condensed, online event mixing conference-style presentations with workshop-style roundtable discussions.

Framework development

SySTEAM is working towards its mission of improving education for all students, everywhere, by creating community input-driven recommendations and guidance for educators, learners, and practitioners alike who are interested in integrating interdisciplinary systems competencies into their classrooms, educational programs, and training experiences. SySTEAM's community meetings are a core aspect of its framework development efforts, and provide a valuable opportunity for SySTEAM community members to share and debate ideas during brainstorming sessions.

Supporting resource development

SySTEAM strives to support the work of outside groups developing free, accessible resources and references for systems engineering and related fields. The SySTEAM volunteer reviewer program (VRP) is a SySTEAM effort that coordinates with external resource developer organizations like the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) in order to match volunteers from the SySTEAM community & general public with new/revised resource content that could benefit from review to confirm readability, usability, and/or technical accuracy.

Info sheets

SySTEAM volunteer reviewer program (VRP) info sheet

Learn how to get involved with both SySTEAM and one of the most prominent open-access SE informational sources in the systems community (the SEBoK,, through SySTEAM's volunteer reviewer program! We're coordinating with SEBoK to help find SySTEAM community volunteers to help review & provide technical + readability feedback on SEBoK content.

SySTEAM publications

2023 SySTEAM mini-conference proceedings

The proceedings from the 2023 mini-conference are now available at the following link ( or via the button below. The linked document is a complete compendium of the papers and posters presented at the 2023 SySTEAM mini-conference. For easier viewing, please use the "bookmarks" feature in your PDF reader of choice in order to navigate through the document.


Participation options

SySTEAM offers a variety of different participation options for individuals interested in engaging with the SySTEAM mission and vision.

Attend community meetings

SySTEAM holds general body meetings (GBMs), also known as SySTEAM community meetings, on a regular basis. These meetings typically run for two hours (10AM to noon Eastern Time), and serve as small-format, discussion-driven working sessions for SySTEAM products. Each GBM working session typically has a unique theme/focus in order to stimulate new and interesting lines of discussion, and the resulting ideas, thoughts, and inputs are captured in a notes sheet for development into SySTEAM products & reports for public release.

GBMs are hosted online via Zoom and are open to all members of the public. Meetings be accessed for free after completing the Zoom registration form (; completing the form will provide you with access to the Zoom link for the next SySTEAM GBM as well as for all other GBMs scheduled thereafter.

Unable to make it to our GBMs? You can always share & discuss SySTEAM-relevant ideas and on our Discord community hub, or otherwise participate in one of our asynchronous community-engagement efforts.

Join our community hub

QR code to join the SySTEM community hub

SySTEAM's online Discord community hub is a free, one-stop informational repository for much of SySTEAM's in-progress work and materials, and includes content such as meeting slides+minutes, community announcements, useful links and more, and provides an always-open platform for community discussion and interaction. You can join by following these steps:

Joining is free and is open to the SySTEAM community and to the general public:

  1. Enter the invite link into your web browser: . Alternatively, scan the QR code above.
  2. Sign in with an existing Discord account or register a new account. You may be asked to verify your email address.
  3. Follow the prompts to join the SySTEAM server.

Once you complete the sign-up process, you’ll be greeted with a welcome message and immediately receive full access to the entire SySTEAM communications hub. Afterwards, you can access the server at any time directly through your account (via or the Discord app) without having to use the invite link again.

Grassroots outreach efforts

The SySTEAM Initiative is an diverse, international community, with members from across the globe bringing their unique ideas and perspectives to our discussions and working sessions. SySTEAM community members are thus encouraged to serve as advocates for interdisciplinary systems education in their own communities, where they can combine insights from SySTEAM along with their knowledge of their local communities in order to spearhead new outreach or engagement efforts that can help further the SySTEAM vision. Although SySTEAM is not in a position to be able to assist with funding, SySTEAM can potentially provide strategic assistance (feedback and guidance on outreach activities, educational materials, etc.) for outreach/engagement efforts that align with SySTEAM's core values and which support the SySTEAM mission and vision.

For more information about requesting strategic support for grassroots outreach efforts, please reach out to the SySTEAM initiative lead, Caitlyn Singam ([email protected]).



If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the SySTEAM Initiative (or simply want to say hello!), please feel free to reach out to the SySTEAM initiative lead, Caitlyn Singam, via one or more of the contact options listed below.

Email (preferred): [email protected]
SySTEAM Discord: @Caitlyn Singam or @Moderator 

You can also reach out to the broader SySTEAM community with questions about SySTEAM-related topics of discussion by posting in the SySTEAM Discord community hub, and/or by bringing up your question(s) during the Community Q&A segment of a SySTEAM community meeting.


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