At STEAM Schools, Arts Are Woven Into The Curriculum

The idea behind STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math – is to find ways to integrate the “A” into all class subjects, believing the fusion of arts and science gives students an edge to create and innovate.  Like STEM, it’s more a philosophy than a specific curriculum, emphasizing connections across subject areas and teaching kids to take what they’ve learned in one classroom and apply it in another.

“The arts should share equal status with STEM subjects,” says art teacher Kathy Pugh. “It has to be presented to the kids that it’s not an extra, that it is as important of a subject as your math,” she said.

How did arts integration impact your education?

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StateImpact Ohio’s Amy Hansen takes us to Canton to introduce a STEAM school, a relatively new – and unproven – model that encourages students to innovate with an artistic touch.  Read more…

 

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