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Thursday, July 10, 2014

A is for Albert, STEM to STEAM



 


          Once upon a time not long ago I was a High School Student. Baffled each year by the difficult decision on what courses to take, and what electives would be most appealing. If I took Art or Shakespeare Theatre, than I would not be able to take Probability and Statistics. Each year it was a battle between what I loved and what I thought would be better preparation for college. Those days are soon becoming a thing of the past. Students are no longer having to choose between Science and Art, or Math and Photography, but rather encouraged to pursue both while simultaneously developing an educational connection between the two.
               The conversion of STEM to STEAM is not to minimize mathematics in order to make room for art,
but rather introducing the subjects in an applied environment which can be motivational for learners. A resolution made by the U.S House of Representatives in an effort to convert STEM to STEAM explains the benefits of adding the “A” to STEM "...Whereas...artists and designers can effectively communicate complex data and scientific information; the tools and methods of design offer new models for creative problem-solving and interdisciplinary partnerships in a changing world.". US House of Rep. 51

     Consider Albert Einstein, one of the greatest and most brilliant minds ever born. What set him apart from other scientists was his ability to combine his knowledge
with his imagination. Einstein used both his knowledge and imagination to see the relationship between time, space, and energy. By combining essential elements from each side of the brain he was able to make unfathomable discoveries.
 
 

Steam, or a hazy mist is technically defined as "a slight obscuration of the lower atmosphere, typically caused by fine suspended particles", and that is exactly what the addition of “A” is doing to STEM. It is fogging things up a bit, challenging traditional scientific and mathematical approaches and allowing creativity to inspire a reformed way of future innovation and learning.

#digifestsouth #STEAM #bossierarts #artseducation

Posted by: Katie Lejeune

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