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STEM to STEAM:
You know I love science stuff, all kinds of science. I crave science
information and news, read about it all the time, subscribe to
journals and magazines, read them aloud to my kids, hang out with
scientists, and even sometimes do my own research. 😉 But when I
started college, I started out in art. Then I was in music. And then
dance. By the time I got around to applying to grad school, I was
determined to go into poetry, and made it as far as being offered a
fellowship. I've noticed over the years than many of the scientists
who I find the most fascinating have some sort of artistic hobby, be
it glass blowing, jewelry design, carving, woodworking, scrimshaw,
playing cello, crafting hand made paper, or who knows. The point is
that these really sophisticated professional scientists are also
deeply engaged with the arts in their lives. When I switched from
studying the arts to studying the sciences, one of my grad school
mentors came to me with a question — "Had I noticed much science in
poetry?" Well, of course I had! And I collected it, too. More
recently, I heard a presentation at Enriching Scholarship about
science faculty working hard to design courses that partner science
students with business and art students for major projects, raving
about the benefits to all of them. Those projects created some pretty
impressive work, too.
So. STEM to STEAM. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Math. STEAM is all of that, but you add in Art. It was easy to
justify a need for STEM education to promote economic growth, but the
idea that the arts are an important part of the picture has been
mistakenly thought of as frivolous by funders. That needs urgently to
change, and at last is starting to do so.
In their words:
"In this current moment of economic uncertainty, America is once again
turning to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future. Yet
innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math – the STEM subjects. Art + Design are poised to
transform our economy in the 21st century just as Science and
Technology did in the last century. We need to add Art + Design to the
equation — to transform STEM into STEAM."
I'm sold, but in case more would help, here is Representative Bonamici
on the topic.
Congresswoman Bonamici Asks about the Importance of STEAM Education:
There's plenty more where that came from.
STEAM not STEM:
In their words:
"STEM is based on skills generally using the left half of the brain
and thus is logic driven. Much research and data shows that activities
like Arts, which uses the right side of the brain supports and fosters
creativity, which is essential to innovation. Clearly the combination
of superior STEM education combined with Arts education (STEAM) should
provide us with the education system that offers us the best chance
for regaining the innovation leadership essential to the new economy.
The competitors for that leadership, such as China and many other
countries in Asia and Europe, include vigorous Arts curriculum as a
national priority in their public school systems and we must do the
same. The mission is to make the country, its leader and the funding
agencies aware that Arts are not just a “nice” thing to have in the
education systems – but rather they are an essential national priority
to the future of the US in this rapidly changing global economy.
Without that priority the US will slide farther down the list of
In the NEWS:
Business Wire: Reps. Bonamici and Schock Announce Bipartisan
Congressional STEAM Caucus: Group Aims to Integrate Arts and Design
with STEM Education Efforts:
Edutopia: STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Building a Strong
National Alliance for the Media Arts and Culture:
PBS: STEAM Ahead: Merging Arts and Science Education:
Rhode Island School of Design: RISD STEAM Hits Capitol Hill:
SunSentinel: Apple co-founder brings some STEAM to Palm Beach State:
VOXXI: Why STEM Education is in need of some STEAM:
CREDIT: Thanks to Linda Sharer for tipping me off to recent events in this area.
Cool Toys Pic of the Day - Dronestream
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This is one of those examples that has it all. Well, almost all. Open data,
data visualization, social media, apps, censorship, politices, drama,
advocacy, activism, and more.
Dronestream, by Josh Begley, collects public information on US drone
strikes in other countries, and provides a public API to support data
visualization. The data comes from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism,
www.thebureauinvestigates.com/ . That's the open data part.
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Here are direct links to the data and the project.
Covert Drone War:
Covert War on Terror: The Datasets:
Meanwhile, Josh set up Facebook and Twitter accounts connected with the
project, and started tweeting through the history of the drone strikes,
then livetweeting drone strikes as they happened and were reported in the
Jun 9, 2013: On Sunday, a US drone
fired missiles at a car, killing Hassan, his brother, and 'three
others' (Yemen) t.co/Ft60ePoo5R—
Dronestream (@dronestream) June 9,
The archive of the Twitter stream has been preserved in an online document
Visualizing The Illegal Drone Bombardment- Tweeting Every Known US Strike
Takes Student Over 12 Hours – Dronestream Tweets by Josh Begley:
Josh made an app for the iPhone to send news alerts of new drone strikes.
iPhone App from Josh Begley
Drones+ iPhone App: vimeo.com/47976409
But then the app was blocked from the iTunes store by Apple because of
Drone-Tracking App Gets No Traction From Apple:
The open API allows for data visualizations as well as apps. One data
visualization in particular clarifies the story behind the data.
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Out of sight, out of mind:
That data visualization featured prominently in the highlights of Josh's
thesis presentation, which appeared on Youtube last week.
Dronestream: Every US drone strike:
The presentation itself was from last month, and is available in the full
version on Vimeo.
from Josh Begley on Vimeo.