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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

From STEM to STEAM

From STEM to STEAM

Living in the Silicon Valley, the significance of the STEM fields –science, technology, technology, engineering, and mathematics – is especially clear. STEM was introduced to shift the focus in the classroom to a more interdisciplinary approach, in hopes to foster the in-depth analysis, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills critical for solving real world issues. Education began to collectively use the academic subjects to further boost student innovation. As successes and jobs increase as a result of these measures, the importance of the incorporation of arts and design, creating STEAM, becomes even more relevant.

STEAM: science, technology, engineering science, technology, engineering, arts and design, mathematics. Activism for the inclusion of art has been spurred by scientific research on the benefits of developing the spatial thinking and creativity in driving innovation. The arts help students develop cognitive processes that assist in core subjects; in countries where an arts education is mandatory, such as the Netherlands, Japan, and Hungary, students consistently rank highest for maths and science test scores.

Especially recently, several universities and institutions have taken steps to incorporate STEAM in both learning and the real world. The University of Florida paired up with Sesame Street to include arts and design to their curriculum: to encourage the application of arts and design into future careers, the musical show highlights their interdependence, with examples such as geometric shapes in art. Environmental art activism has created many powerful messages, such as the one to the right. The California College of the Arts, designers created videos and art on the scientific basis of climate change, presented to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change in South Africa to increase funding for environmental issues.


Architects designing monuments with historical significance, the use of micro-controllers and shape memory metal to create paper-based electronics, chemical engineers producing safe and appealing makeup; where do you see the creativity and innovation of STEAM in the world, and how do you plan to incorporate it into your life?

Post by Swathi P., homework assistant.

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