December 2014, Where Art Thou?:
Moving from STEM to STEAM
STEM is all the rage and rightly so. The skills our children need to learn regardless of their profession incorporate the skills that are taught in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes. With the emphasis on these studies one has to wonder what has become of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Schools in many cases have squeezed out fine and performing arts in order to make time for all STEM requirements. In the last five years however, many have come to understand, that arts incorporate complimentary processes to those addressed in STEM curricula. Things have started to heat up in moving from STEM to add the arts and move to STEAM.
In this show, we will explore how the arts are integrated into a STEM centered curriculum and provide a vision of how arts can be better integrated to provide learning opportunities for all students.
Join Host Michael Jay and ETT Guests ponder the following:
- What are some examples of the process of moving from STEM to STEAM?
- What benefits and trade offs are made in the process of incorporating arts into a STEM curriculum?
- How prepared are educators to engage learners in learning activities that incorporate the arts?
- What can publishers and curriculum developers do to incorporate more STEM into their arts curricula and/or more arts into their STEM curricula?
Guests at the table:
- Michelle Cheng – Professional Development Manager at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
- Bob Barboza – Founder & CEO of Super School K12 International University
- Daniel Barstow – Senior Science Educator at TERC