Students are discovering that art and science create STEAM when combined for learning in new ways.
At Holy Child Academy in Drexel, Pennsylvania, sixth graders are using Photoshop to turn a picture of their science teacher blue and give him a hair transplant. The actiovity pleases Margaret Fox-Tully, the head of school at the Catholic K-8 academy. The mixture of projects blends science, art, and design, and will foster the development of skills her students will need when then become adults in the workforce.
The newly installed $150,000 lab at the school is emblematic of the education movement known as STEAM. While focusing on science, technology, engineering and math, adding arts to the experience means that students can integrate technology with arts, taking risks and creating in a free form.
“One of the things we’re excited about is, it’s OK if it doesn’t work. That leads to creative problem-solving,” said Fox-Tully.
Adapting to challenges is a skill in itself that goes beyond technology. It is not possible to predict the talents that tomorrow’s workers will need. “The 10 hottest jobs today didn’t exist 10 years ago,” said Fox-Tully.