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Reuben H. Fleet Science Center GEOMETRY PLAYGROUND STE[+a]M

your entire body into a whimsical exploration of math at the new "Geometry Playground" exhibition. Exhilarating hands-on exhibits will have you playing a goofy game of hopscotch, climbing a structure of giant multi-sided shapes, crawling through corkscrew tunnels and creating geometric works of art, all...

Is the Left-Brain Useful to Art?

These days, people associate the right brain with art, probably due to Betty Edward’s bestselling book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” that was published more than two decades ago. Is the left side of brain, or math/logic/analysis, really useless for art? Can...

STEM to STEAM Conversations in Education Reform

This is a video of how we have implemented Competitive Project Based Learning which integrates STEM (STEAM) into our classrooms. Projects that we have done are the Disney Planet Project, E-cybermission, Discovery Education/Siemens/Stem, Honeywell/Fiestabowl Aerospace Challenge....

UCSD pilot program targets schoolchildren STEM to STEAM

The program, which does not yet have a name, aims to provide schoolchildren with special skills and inspire them to potentially seek careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The project is a combined effort of UCSD’s Center for Community Well-Being and the San...

National Science Foundation Slowly Turning STEM to STEAM

John M. EgerHuffington Post

Lionel Van Deerlin Professor of Communications and Public Policy, San Diego State University

Posted: Posted: 05/31/11

The STEM Initiative more and more looks like its morphing into STEAM.

Thanks to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the tireless effort and vision of Harvey Seifter, CEO of Seifter Associates and a principal of Learning Worlds, three conference were scheduled this year — in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Illinois and San Diego, California — to look at what business, education, and communities across the U.S. were doing to merge the “two cultures” of art and science.

In the process, Harvey Seifter with support of the NSF is putting the arts into the STEM formula (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and more precisely, exploring a framework for sparking creativity and innovation in our schools, our workplaces, and in our nation.

Two of the conferences have already been held:

• April 6-7: Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

• May 16-17: Chicago, at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

The San Diego Conference scheduled June 14-15 at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology at the University of California, San Diego held in collaboration with the San Diego Science Alliance remains.

In a sense, the San Diego event is a culmination of the larger effort to forge an agenda for more in-depth research leading to action that in a matter of years will change education in America.

The data points for moving STEM to STEAM are becoming clearer, and the urgency of revisiting the current pedagogy used in pre-schools, K-12, and our universities, obvious.

Kevin Spacey on Crucial Impact of the Arts

Actor Kevin Spacey talks about how the arts is humanity's weapon to fight against injustice in the world. This is an except from the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at the Kennedy Center, part of Arts Advocacy Day 2011 put on by...

The Art of Science Learning: Shaping the 21st-Century Workforce

June 14-15 San Diego: CALIT2
California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2) at the University of California San Diego, in collaboration with the San Diego Science Alliance

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The Art of Science Learning, a project of The Learning Worlds Institute, explores ways in which the arts can help improve how people of all ages learn the sciences. Hands-on, imaginative approaches to science education, using many of the methods used in the creative arts, have been shown to attract and retain young people in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (sometimes known as the STEM disciplines).

Responding to concerns that the U.S. risks lagging behind other nations (See “Bridging the Innovation Gap”) in both the scientific literacy and the innovative capacity of its workforce, the Art of Science Learning is convening scientists, artists, educators, business leaders, researchers and policymakers in three conferences in Spring 2011 to explore how the arts can be engaged to strengthen STEM skills and spark creativity in the 21st-Century American workforce.

The Conferences are hands-on, workshop-oriented events that will showcase interdisciplinary methods and techniques used by educators and artists, share the results of current research into the impact of arts-based approaches to science education, and explore the connection between the arts and American economic competitiveness. 

Rep. Duncan Hunter Introduces First Education Reform Bill

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, today introduced the first in a series of education reform bills planned by the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Rep. Hunter’s legislation, the Setting New Priorities in Education Spending...

URGENT – Act Now to Support Arts Education!

The Arts in Education (AIE) program at the U.S. Department of Education is the ONLY source of dedicated federal education funding to support arts education, a core academic subject of learning proven to improve schools, teaching, and student success in school, work, and life....