Mathobotix and the Beall Center for Art + Technology are working together to offer summer programs that will spark the minds of young children and teenagers through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education focusing on team problem-solving, creative thinking – and ultimately building really cool robots.

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts recognizes the natural symbiosis between technology and art, and anticipates the collaboration between Mathobotix and the Beall Center will create an environment where the subjects are taught holistically together with science and mathematics. The result is education, advanced skills, and a whole lot of fun!

More formally, the results are known as STEAM. Harvey White, co-founder of Qualcomm and Leap Wireless International, is credited with first using the acronym in a talk to the San Diego Development Corporation, and knows something about the workforce of the future when he states, “We simply cannot compete in the new economy unless we do something now about creativity and innovation.”

Much emphasis – and money – is placed on advancing educational efforts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). President Obama’s initiative, Educate to Innovate, part of the “Race to the Top” program, invests $700 million in financial and in-kind support for the continued development of effective teaching in these subjects, to prepare our next generation for global leadership. What seems to be missing from all these discussions and dollars is a holistic approach to education in the sciences. The subjects that make up STEMare treated as discrete, and outcomes are confined to purely quantifiable test results.

Innovation in science education needs the kind of creativity that is relevant and humanistic, and that encourages multi-skilled problem solving in a collaborative environment. The Arts incorporated into STEM education leads to skills development, intellectual curiosity and stronger preparation for our next generation of leaders.

To support the innovations of future minds, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts partners with outside educators to keep creativity alive and thriving. Come join Mathobotix at the Beall Center on our campus this summer – as we team up, full STEAM ahead!

“As demand for a new work force to meet the challenges of a global knowledge economy is rapidly increasing, few things could be as important in this period of our nation’s history than art education.” — John M. Eger, Chair of Communications & Public Policy, CSUSD