The recent focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) has concerned me that education related to the arts would suffer, and in some schools and districts that is no doubt the case. Budget cuts, such as those continuing to occur, are often first felt in areas of arts and in sports/physical education and activities—areas often felt to be “extras.” Whether or not they are extras is a matter of opinion, but parents and families interested in supporting their children’s exposure to these areas have often had to supplement with afterschool programs.
However, a STEM focus (which some now are calling STEAM as a way of inserting the Arts), is not necessarily exclusive. In fact, as Wonder 904: What Is Pointillism? illustrates, these areas are often entwined and
inform one another. Maybe pointillism was the precursor to the pixels used for color printing and for the projection of digital images for television, computers, and photography.
Educators can "build STEAM" by choosing to integrate the arts into their STEM-focused instruction. The attached lesson is an example of how a high school instructor did just that.
I know there is a huge crossover with music as well. Where do you see the integration of the arts in our STEM-focused learning?