Full STEAM Ahead!
Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math
The Children’s Museum is launching an institutional initiative to build creativity, critical thinking and other vital scientific skills by integrating the fields of science, technology, engineering and math with the arts – turning STEM into STEAM.
STEAM has a rich history. From Leonardo DaVinci to Richard Feynman, many of history’s greatest scientists have also been artists and musicians. From the industrial revolution to Apple computers to the Maker movement, aesthetic and design elements have always been a part of technological innovation. As in 19th century England, technical drawing was a mandatory school subject – the ability to draw mechanical and natural objects was embraced as a key to understanding the science connected with them.
The arts and sciences share many vital skills: communication, innovation, creativity, modeling and visualization. By embracing STEAM, The New Children’s Museum will reach out to students with a wide variety of learning styles, making for a dynamic, inquiry approach to science learning. Whether it’s visual arts, written or oral storytelling or the aesthetics of engineering, it’s Full STEAM Ahead!
Here are some of the areas where you can immerse your students in STEAM at The Children’s Museum:
- Our new exhibit, Framed: Step Into Art
- The stories from around the world behind the constellations, in the planetarium show Stars of the Seasons, or the outreach program Starlab: Stories by Starlight
- Our newest field trip program, Engineering: Shadow Play
- The Science Reads series of programs, available for both field trip and outreach programming
Here are some articles about STEAM:
- An article about the power of storytelling in science education, from Dimensions, a magazine published by the Association of Science and Technology Centers
- An article on learning, arts and the brain from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education