Saturday, September 20, 2014

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] yasmin redux

Roger

I am curious about something — in your post, you say:


this can sometimes 'instrumentalise' the arts in
> the service of science and industry


If the above is seen to be an issue, what about mathematics, the
sciences and engineering being "instrumentalized" in the service to
the arts? I would imagine that you have an equal problem with this
direction?
We cannot have it both ways, meaning that we cannot disparage the
using of the arts as new means for improving something (communication,
education), but then have no problems with artists using math/sci/engineering
as "instrumental." Either (1) any sort of instrumentalization is considered
problematic in either direction (art->sci, sci->art), or (2) both sorts of
instrumentalization are seen as equally beneficial and both should be
celebrated.
I think we all agree that "using", "instrument", and "tool" are a bit pejorative
regardless of who or what is being targeted (artists, computer scientists, etc).
However, lots of research is needed in both directions.
Most folks are going to emphasize one thing over the other, especially given
our divided, disciplinary academy. In such an environment, we should be glad
that some scientists are accepting of the arts to improve their fields in the same
way that we are glad that artists "use" new sci/eng products. If scientists can
improve their STEM fields by "arts integration" (let's use that term rather than the
words "instrument" or "tool"), that is a good outcome considering that
vast majority of my STEM colleagues have no special interest in the arts.

-p



On Sep 19, 2014, at 9:19 PM, roger malina <rmalina@alum.mit.edu> wrote:

> yasminers
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> we are hoping to continue the stem
> to steam
> discussion for another week and would welcome
> insights
>
> clearly the stem to steam discussion is embedded'
> in a currently fashionable political/economic discourse
> about creativity/innovation/employment
>
> this can sometimes 'instrumentalise' the arts in
> the service of science and industry
>
> how can we articulate the sciences and engineering
> in the support of the arts as goals in themselves ?
>
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Friday, September 19, 2014

[Yasmin_discussions] yasmin redux

yasminers
our list was down for a few days
if you tried to post and it didnt'
appear=please re [post

we are hoping to continue the stem
to steam
discussion for another week and would welcome
insights

clearly the stem to steam discussion is embedded'
in a currently fashionable political/economic discourse
about creativity/innovation/employment

this can sometimes 'instrumentalise' the arts in
the service of science and industry

how can we articulate the sciences and engineering
in the support of the arts as goals in themselves ?

roger malina
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

[Yasmin_discussions] what does steam have to do with it ?

yasminers

our STEM to STEAM discussion has been dominated so far by practioners
in north american
where the STEM to STEAM discourse has gone viral

of note is that Jane Chu has been appointed chair of the US National
Endowment for the Arts

http://arts.gov/news/2014/jane-chu-confirmed-chairman-national-endowment-arts

She has been widely quoted as advocating stem to steam such as in this visit
to rhode island

http://www.reed.senate.gov/news/releases/reed-nea-chairman-jane-chu-and-leading-arts-advocates-tour-art-works-ri

in her opening remarks

http://arts.gov/about/chairman/swearing-in-remarks

she states
Arts education is critical to raising America's next generations of
Creative, Innovative thinkers. The other area we will further delve
into lies at the intersection of art, science, and technology. We
believe that synthesizing these differing perspectives can foster
those Creative and Innovative thinkers to help us solve problems,
think out of the box, and provide new insights. We want to turn the
focus from STEM education to STEAM education, and integrate Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math into our nation's classrooms.
- See more at: http://arts.gov/about/chairman/swearing-in-remarks#sthash.IHqHR03M.dpuf

a very similar discourse is occurring in europe -for instance the Ars
Electronica concept this year was


The Concept

http://www.aec.at/c/en/future-innovators-summit/

"Creativity is the art of finding the right questions, Innovation is
the ability to respond to them"

This year, the AE Festival's mission is to confront the question of
"what it takes to change" and to call for answers from all directions
from different disciplines as well as different places all over the
world. But it's not the usual question about what the future will look
like but rather how we get there and, most important, who are the
people who can scout these new ways. For this reason, Ars Electronica
has teamed up with Hakuhodo and ITU (International Telecommunication
Union) to organize the Future Innovators Summit.

At this summit, experienced professionals as well as young
entrepreneurs and social activists, technicians and scientists and, of
course, artists and designers will meet each other at the Ars
Electronica Festival for mutual inspiration and for the exchange of
ideas and know-how. The lineup will also include opportunities for
participants to engage in dialog among each other and with the public
audience. Besides a broad range of lectures, presentations and
exhibitions, we want to build a "special taskforce"—24 catalysts of
change, innovators and creators of tomorrow from places all over the
world who will present their ideas and projects and spend four days
together to come up with answers to the question of what it takes to
change.

Why is this a unique opportunity? At the moment, one can find a
growing lineup of events and gatherings for young entrepreneurs and
start-ups, as well as a lot of hackathons, game jams etc. where the
young community of programmers and developers can interact. The same
goes for festivals of young artists and conferences of young social
activists. What they all have in common is an exciting and virulently
inspiring atmosphere, but they often also share a certain flavor of
elitist exclusivity, and it's usually pretty difficult to access them
as an outsider. Even more surprising is that you can hardly find
anevent at which these inspiring talents, creators and innovators can
convene, and do so across the borders of their communities and
disciplines. But this crossover is exactly what we're looking for!

Read more about the "Future Innovators Summit" in an interview with
Hideaki Ogawa, member of the Ars Electronica Futurelab, on the Ars
Electronica Blog.

http://www.aec.at/c/en/future-innovators-summit/

It would be great to have comments in this discussions from yasminers
in europe and the mediterranean !

roger malina

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] Bringing STEM to Art

Dear all,
And responding to Nettrice's ideas and comments, I have just copied the
teacher, Mr. Aringo, who is working on STEAM teaching at Hoover MS in San
Francisco, the first middle school in our city to introduce a full STEAM
classroom.

The hacking culture here, especially in education around science has
proven to be highly resilient, innovative, cross disciplinary - I'm talking
about programs, for instance, in youth tech and science offered through the
Cal Academy of Science, and various other institutions which are leading
new perceptions, and professional development pathways for teachers,
towards science, art, and technology; that they can be taught together.
Those hacker/teachers are getting together with academically oriented
administrators such as Carline Sinkler who is Principal of our school, to
propose programs such as the STEAM elective for middle school age children
at Herbert Hoover Middle School.

Mr. Aringo is a minority himself and a teacher, who apparently approached
Ms. Sinkler to propose the STEAM program. She then helped come up with the
funding. I see this as being "a pulse" of several positive new trends in
education where technologies are being implemented, such as "flipped
classrooms" affecting traditional methods and pedagogies here in San
Francisco, retooling "old ways" with highly innovative and fluid "new ways"
of doing disciplines.

How does this translate directly into what the kids get? At Hoover there
has long been a history of technology. The school has been known for having
a lot of technology before other schools did. Curiously, the parent and
teacher community went through a phase of questioning whether all this tech
was good for "real" learning, before the current influx of iPads into
classrooms across the city and many schools having to get involved in
technology; the District upgrading its School Loop (home school tech
connection) and so forth. At Hoover we also have Spanish and Cantonese
immersion programs making up more than two thirds of the students per
school day, which means that a) cultural issues involving language, art,
social studies, history are already at play - not sure whether they do low
riders...(smile) but that would be a good idea...and b) traditionally under
served and under-technologicalized populations (according to 2007 study of
digital divide by the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Dept. of
Technology in SF) of families gain access to technology tools, internet
literacy, and so forth through this unique public school.

What they get in terms of curriculum in STEAM, I'm only beginning to
discern, as my student started this year and its still early, but so far,
the presence of "games" not as anathema to intellectual competence - the
classic stereotype of the video gamer - and use of architecture like roller
coaster design in the curriculum has piqued my interest at least for its
appeal to popular culture which the kids get their heads around, rather
than some alien "educational" concept or "high art". Mr. Aringo was also
trying to start a club for boxing at the school, a popular sport in the
Latino community.

The suggested direction of moving curriculum away from convention towards
more appealing, culturally relevant uses of technology as a way to engage
minority students in STEAM or STEM is absolutely essential, I feel, if we
hope to gain any intellectual and creative parity i.e.not simply "access"
parity, or "job training" parity. Please see my SEAD white paper
"Environmental Equity: Enabling Excellence in Media Arts and Science among
Underserved Communities" which was used to recommend ideas to the NSF and
NEA here in the States. In that paper I argue for equity in access to media
art and digital technologies such that underserved communities have a
fighting chance in informational arenas when it comes to health and
environmental activism. And I underscore the art part, because this is
where a gap lies - "job training" is learning MS Word, while STEAM is
learning to create and to think, to program and manipulate the screen.

I want to end with a project I found last week where three African American
teens girls engineered an app to record interaction with police.
https://www.facebook.com/policethepoliceACP

you can find something about it at that link.

so, we must also be doing something right! young people are indeed being
exposed to thinking with technology and they are learning from young and
gifted teachers who are passionate about hacker culture and the fluidity of
ideas.

more research into the kinds of tech innovation in creative pursuits - in
art, music etc - from minority artists and musicians could only enable
teachers to support the work they are being asked to do on a daily basis,
which is to work with underserved populations in the school districts and
to teach kids something they can identify with, rather than what will bore
them.


molly hankwitz, phd
media and communications
technology and art/consultant

molly hankwitz

On Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 2:52 AM, Nettrice Gaskins <nettrice@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Annick's question illuminates an important point:
>
> "is it a matter of 'exposure to art' or 'belonging to the right classes,
> the right networks, having confidence, and the right skin color?'"
>
> Based on the statistics, the answer simply might be, "Yes." According to
> the U.S. Dept of Labor (in 2012), less than 5% of minorities go into STEM.
> Many enter STEM programs but do not finish. Something is turning them off
> to STEM even when they show interest in it early on.
>
> Some minority students need role models who inspire them to pursue
> STEM-related careers but what if there aren't any role models who reflect
> the growing underrepresented ethnic population in a school program?
>
> One of the reasons I point to the arts (and humanities) is because it
> captures the interests and skills of minorities, including women and other
> minority groups. In my research I have identified several professional
> artists of color who employ STEM concepts in their work but these examples
> are often excluded from STEM and STEM to STEAM discussions.
>
> It's not a challenge to engage artists in STEM. However, It is more of a
> challenge engaging STEM in the arts... and even more so in the cultural
> arts.
>
> Why are we not talking about rapper GZA's collaboration with physicists?
> Grandmaster Flash's use of scientific method to engineer the cross-fader?
> Or the use of DIY (do it yourself) production in underresourced
> communities? Mexican students involvement in lowrider culture as an entry
> to robotics/engineering? Sun Ra's experiments with the minimoog or John
> Coltrane's interest in quantum physics?
>
> GZA, a high school dropout, always had an interest in science but he never
> made it into science until now. In GZA's own words, "I recently met with
> quantum physicists who deepened my interest in the cosmos and gave me
> further inspiration for this next album" GZA said in a press statement. "I
> want to take my listeners on a journey through deep space and deconstruct
> the idea of science fiction."
>
> Some STEM educators may feel that the cultural arts are antithetical to
> STEM. However, GZA's music and the other examples are shouting, 'Look! Here
> are opportunities to engage underrepresented groups.' Others in STEM
> education simply don't know how to find these examples but keep coming back
> to the increasing disengagement of minorities in STEM.
>
> --
> *Nettrice R. Gaskins, Ph.D.*
> STEAM Lab Director
> Boston Arts Academy
> http://nettrice.ushttp://netarthud.wordpress.com
> http://blog.art21.org/author/nettrice-gaskins
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[Yasmin_discussions] Bringing STEM to Art

Annick's question illuminates an important point:

"is it a matter of 'exposure to art' or 'belonging to the right classes,
the right networks, having confidence, and the right skin color?'"

Based on the statistics, the answer simply might be, "Yes." According to
the U.S. Dept of Labor (in 2012), less than 5% of minorities go into STEM.
Many enter STEM programs but do not finish. Something is turning them off
to STEM even when they show interest in it early on.

Some minority students need role models who inspire them to pursue
STEM-related careers but what if there aren't any role models who reflect
the growing underrepresented ethnic population in a school program?

One of the reasons I point to the arts (and humanities) is because it
captures the interests and skills of minorities, including women and other
minority groups. In my research I have identified several professional
artists of color who employ STEM concepts in their work but these examples
are often excluded from STEM and STEM to STEAM discussions.

It's not a challenge to engage artists in STEM. However, It is more of a
challenge engaging STEM in the arts... and even more so in the cultural
arts.

Why are we not talking about rapper GZA's collaboration with physicists?
Grandmaster Flash's use of scientific method to engineer the cross-fader?
Or the use of DIY (do it yourself) production in underresourced
communities? Mexican students involvement in lowrider culture as an entry
to robotics/engineering? Sun Ra's experiments with the minimoog or John
Coltrane's interest in quantum physics?

GZA, a high school dropout, always had an interest in science but he never
made it into science until now. In GZA's own words, "I recently met with
quantum physicists who deepened my interest in the cosmos and gave me
further inspiration for this next album" GZA said in a press statement. "I
want to take my listeners on a journey through deep space and deconstruct
the idea of science fiction."

Some STEM educators may feel that the cultural arts are antithetical to
STEM. However, GZA's music and the other examples are shouting, 'Look! Here
are opportunities to engage underrepresented groups.' Others in STEM
education simply don't know how to find these examples but keep coming back
to the increasing disengagement of minorities in STEM.

--
*Nettrice R. Gaskins, Ph.D.*
STEAM Lab Director
Boston Arts Academy
http://nettrice.ushttp://netarthud.wordpress.com
http://blog.art21.org/author/nettrice-gaskins
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] what does steam have to do with it

So, it says in this article that "the ones who owned
businesses or filed patents had eight times the exposure to
the arts as children than the general public."

So, art might not saved the world (this has already been
done by Mel Gibson and Arnold Schwartznegger) but it will
save America's economy! Pfew ... What a relief ...

Let see, I would bet that the "ones owning the businesses"
are coming from families that are at least upper middle
class, if not upper classes, the kind of family that brings
children to museums, buy them books, have them take piano
classes, etc. etc. In short, the ones that know how to do
business, have the right networks, can pay for "good"
schools and Universities, etc. etc.
Question : is it a matter of "exposure to art" or "belonging
to the right classes, the right networks, having confidence,
and the right skin color" ? I would be happy to see more
statistic ...

And sorry for being a bit sarcastic, could not really help
...But the 'reproduction of the elites' as some French
sociology showed is an important factor to take into account.

And also, frantically asking for art to bring the solution
to social and societal issues seems to me typical of a STEM
approach.
In this article, we can also read :
"In order to prepare our students to lead the world in
innovation, we need to focus on the creative thought that
gives individuals that innovative edge."
Isn't that asking for a recipe that can be applied like a
solving problem algorithm ?

This said : I am happy that art and humanities (that is
'asking questions' instead of only 'providing already known
answers') start being taken seriously...

Annick


Le 10/09/14 22:13, roger malina a écrit :
> from richard lowenberg
>
> A recent Washington Post article.
>
> www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/09/05/stem-is-incredibly-=valuable-but-if-we-want-the-best-innovators-we-must-teach-the-arts/
>
>
>
>
> ---------------------------------------------------------
> Richard Lowenberg, Executive Director
> 1st-Mile Institute www.1st-mile.org =20
> P. O. Box 8001, Santa Fe, NM 87504
> 505-603-5200 rl@1st-mile.org
>
> http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/09/05/stem-is-incredibly-valuable-but-if-we-want-the-best-innovators-we-must-teach-the-arts/
>
>
> To learn where that edge comes from, Michigan State University
> observeda group of its honors college graduates from 1990 to 1995 who
> majored in the STEM fields. Their research uncovered that of those
> students, the ones who owned businesses or filed patents had eight
> times the exposure to the arts as children than the general public.
> The researchers concluded that these results are important to note in
> our rebuilding of the U.S. economy. "Inventors are more likely to
> create high-growth, high-paying jobs in our state and that's the kind
> of target we think we should be looking for" said Rex LaMore, director
> of Michigan State's Center for Community and Economic development.
>
> http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/09/05/stem-is-incredibly-valuable-but-if-we-want-the-best-innovators-we-must-teach-the-arts/
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