New ideas are constantly being created to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. How are we using “Art” to shape well-rounded students?
New ideas are constantly being created to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The latest is the integration of “Art’ into STEM making it STEAM. I personally love this idea and think that using the arts is a great way to connect students to STEM that otherwise would never look its way. But is there a wrong way to connect the arts? My answer is yes. Make Music Count makes students solve math equations and the answers to these equations are the piano notes to play popular songs. The “art” or music that is played is an end result of correct math answers. You’ll need to know your order of operations, substitute variables correctly or solve for x in order to play the featured song. In a sense, you are not allowed to play the songs on the piano unless the math is done correctly. This is very different than learning your two times tables by singing a catchy melody to remember them. The second example in my opinion is not the correct way to interpret STEAM. Learning your times tables by singing is memory tactic. Students should be calculating 2 x 2 to know why 4 comes next in your two times tables. And then art should be an end result of the correct calculation.
One thing that is certain is that there is no going around learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. You will have to learn what it takes to master each of these areas. Art should be used as a method to interest students in the other areas. Not as a way to go around doing the work. Now this is no easy task but nothing that brings real change ever is. Lets continue to challenge each ourselves to use art as it was intended when we created STEAM. As an engagement tactic, not an excuse to not do the real work of STEM.
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