|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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