Adding an A to STEM

#edtech #edchat #elearning  -- Recently, I have been inundated with reports and articles calling for more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in our schools. I find these reports very interesting and to be honest, I agree with most of what I have been reading.

Self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. Red chalk....
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I think we all can agree with the statistics that say America is in short supply of locally grown scientists and engineers. It seems that other industrialized countries are spitting them out of their universities at a rate that dwarfs ours. Many fear that this is going to cause a shift in the political power of the world which might cause the United States to lose the number 1 position.

So what are we to do?

That is exactly what my principal and myself talked about a few weeks ago -- and now we are coming up with ideas. We want to start offering more STEM projects in our school, even if we need to start a summer day-camp to accomplish this. The one issue we came up with has to do with art. You see, we want to add Art to STEM and make it STEAM instead.

Adding Art to STEM reminds me of people like Leonardo DaVinci, he was not only a great scientist, but also a great artist.

With just as many people saying that we have lost creativity from our schools and those worried about science, technology, engineering and math, we believe that by adding art into the mixture we can make STEM that much better.

Let's not just teach our student to be great with engineering, but also creative with engineering. Let's face it, many of the great advances with cool new tech gadgets is because they are so creative and cool and not just functional. Who can argue about the great creativity that goes into today's smartphones?

So rather than just making a country full of scientists and engineers, let's make DaVincies. Graduates that use both sides of their brains to solve the complex problems of tomorrow. Because that is what it is going to take to set them apart from their global counterparts.

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