Monday, September 1, 2014

[Yasmin_discussions] Should we call it STEM?

Roger points out something very important as we move forward with this
discussion and that is we must make more explicit the ways that STEM
subjects engage problems and interests that motivate people, particularly
in the arts and among groups underrepresented in STEM.

Aaron Saunders was recently interviewed for an article in the Washington
Post. Saunders recommends that we not refer to STEM education as "STEM"
because it's not just about writing code. Students should also learn team
building and collaboration, idea creation, design, etc. He says, "We don't
want people to believe the only way to take part in this innovation economy
is as a developer." To this I'd add interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary
collaboration, not just working across STEM areas but also with the arts
and culture sectors.

I know that there is value in studying fields without crossing over into
other areas. However, this is becoming harder and harder in today's
economy. It may make some people feel uncomfortable but creates a space for
people who may not be at the table.

*Nettrice R. Gaskins, PhD*
STEAM Lab Director
Boston Arts Academy
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