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STEM vs. STEAM: How art enhances the STEM field

The Post Crescent – Andrew Dane

“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers help drive U.S. competitiveness by generating new ideas and starting new companies. We hear a lot about the importance of STEM as it relates to preparing our kids to join the workforce. But what about the arts, and how should they fit into our educational system? The U.S. Department of Commerce defines STEM industries to include core occupations in the hard sciences, engineering and mathematics.” (more)

Using Expressive Writing To Keep Students Grounded and Engaged in Science Courses

KQED News Mind/Shift – Esther Landhuis

“Before attacking a problem set or being introduced to a new concept, some students at San Francisco State University will pause during their science class to do something unusual: ponder life, write thoughts into a journal and share them with classmates. Why am I here? What am I contributing to this class? Who can I go to when times are tough? While it’s not unexpected for humanities classes to incorporate self-reflection, such activities rarely find a place in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — information-rich disciplines with skills and concepts that build on one another.” (more)

9 ways to STEAM up your classroom

Edutopia – Laura Ascione

“STEM and STEAM are all the rage these days, and for good reason–the skills students take away from STEM and STEAM classes help them succeed in advanced education classes, training programs, and the workforce. One junior high school in Texas has made it a mission to engage all students in different aspects of STEAM, because, as the educators say, students are propelled further into STEM exploration when they use their creative drive.” (more)

6 strategies for implementing STEAM throughout your district

E-School News – Stacey Pusey

“STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) has become more prominent as an effective approach to interdisciplinary learning. However, implementation is not as simple as following a new curriculum or purchasing materials. During the edWebinar “STEAM: Innovations That Solve Real World Problems,” Cheri Sterman, director of education, Crayola; Lucie Howell, director of learning and engagement, The Henry Ford; and James Wells, innovative teaching & learning manager, Crayola, explained the movement’s genesis and offered strategies for a successful transition.” (more)

How important is the arts within STEM-centric education?

Study International – Louisa Kendal

“As we race towards a technologically advanced world, it is tempting for education to turn solely to engineering, coding and computer science. But, do the arts need space too? Programmers and tech gurus are bringing Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the mainstream, as its applications become more widespread and it naturally integrates with our everyday life. But, as attention to computer skills and technology intensifies, it seems the arts are slipping off the education radar.” (more)

Cross-Curricular Critical Thinking Is Integral to STEM Success

Ed Tech – Amy Brown

“Whether you’re teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), STEAM (STEM with art) or STREAM (STEAM with reading), the proof of success is in preparing students to be ready for everything. While upgrading the acronym to include elements of visual learning and literacy shows that we’re striving for equal importance for all education topics, having a strong cross-curricular, well-rounded cohesive education is what is really important.”(more)