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STEM + A = STEAM : Does adding art & design really improve STEM?
A recent trend: incorporation of art & design into STEM curricula. The idea is that exposure to the arts inspires creativity and innovation.
I've searched but haven't found any STEAM classes expressly created to teach STEM students how to be more innovative and creative. So, I have no idea how STEAM is actually put into practice.
Also, the implication is that people working in STEM fields aren't inherently innovative or creative, and that they need this additional education to become so. My experience with scientists, mathematicians, and engineers is replete with examples of creativity and innovation. So, I find STEAM a bit offensive, and I'm skeptical of the intent:
Is this just a movement to provide employment for artists and designers? Or for art education advocates to jump on the STEM bandwagon?