STEM initiatives have long captured the attention of educators as a way to help students improve problem-solving skills and be prepared for future careers. Now, a movement spearheaded by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) aims to integrate art and design into STEM, creating a new concept—STEAM. As science evangelist and author Ainissa Ramirez reminds us, “being creative … is the secret sauce to science, technology, engineering and math. ”
If you or your district is moving full STEAM ahead, this e-newsletter offers multiple approaches for educators to integrate the arts into STEM education.
Converting your STEM to STEAM
Art as a central component of STEM education is described best in a quote from nineteenth-century photographer Charles Nègre: “Where science ends, art begins. ” Perhaps we can further that premise with the belief that one doesn’t end where another begins, but that together, there is the potential to come full circle.
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