Employers are increasingly looking for skills in creativity, team working and problem-solving. To help fill this need, innovative educators are including art and design in science education.
Successful scientists have always been creative thinkers. Since 2010, the government’s plan for education has included a focus on encouraging more young people, especially women, to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
STEM is increasingly becoming STEAM. Linking with subjects such as the arts and humanities can help to give students skills in creative problem-solving and innovation. Consider the systematic and forensic approach that an archaeologist takes when unearthing ancient artefacts, or the way an art historian interprets hidden meanings and nuances in an old master.
Innovate Educate enjoys putting the ‘A’ into STEM. Drawing on expertise in both the humanities and the sciences, we have worked with organisations such as the Royal Society, Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire and Stansted Airport on engaging resources that blend arts, humanities, science and heritage.
For more on STEAM education see: www.nesta.org.uk/blog/fix-pipeline-steam-talent-creative-economy#sthash.gxMgbcLz.dpuf