There has been plenty of buzz around STEM in the last few years — "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math" — with many organizations and policies looking at how we can improve our students' literacy in the STEM areas for an overall more innovative society. But, what about the Arts ? How can we make sure that creative expression is not entirely left out in this STEM movement?
Some schools — like local Boston Arts Academy (BAA) — are looking to STEAM. They are embracing the need for an increased focus on the technical side, but without losing the touch of creative arts. How are they doing this?
Since iCreate first launched teachers at BAA have been leaders in using SAM Animation, which their STEAM page references here. Their biology students are creating animations to illustrate mitosis … their physics and math students create rockets and rocket launchers to learn about quadratic functions and the forces of gravity.
The arts and sciences may be worlds apart on a fundamental level, but in almost every facet in life they have a place together. Whether it's launching and scaling a business or in the third grade classroom, the understanding and expression through both are necessary.