Developing the ability to make useful products from creative ideas

The Atlantic
STEM Needs a New Letter

Jessica Lahey has a nice piece today on furthering the argument to include art and design into STEM. The idea behind this is not to leave the science behind to allow arts and crafts, but rather to unleash the creative juices in a new way that works with the scientific process. I thoroughly enjoyed her depiction of her father building soapbox cars and how that taught him methodology could be applied to creative tasks. And that great things come from that.

Lahey further discusses how one middle school science teacher, Christine Mytko in California, is incorporating "Maker Mondays" into her curriculum. During these days, her students apply scientific concepts into independent projects and it allows students the freedom to take risks with their ideas.

Teachers, do you incorporate art and design into your STEM curriculum? Tell us how if you do!