STEM Already Includes the Arts


The STEAM framework, which incorporates the arts into the traditional STEM curricular areas, has been an educational goal since 2006. However, a recent Edutopia article contends that the arts are already part of a STEM curriculum. According to Mary Beth Hertz, a high school art and technology teacher, "Everyone from software engineers and aerospace technicians to biotechnical engineers, professional mathematicians, and laboratory scientists knows that building great things and solving real problems requires a measure of creativity." Yes, an art activity can motivate students who aren't thrilled a STEM subject. However, Ms. Hertz believes that we aren't giving students the full picture of what it means to work in a STEM field, if we aren't showing the field's creative side and allowing students to explore their own creativity within it. To read more, visit HERE