On the need for STEM and Art
By Scholastic on July 21st, 2008
David Warlick posted this morning about the need for a marriage between STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) and the Arts today and, while I
think hope that we’d be hard pressed to find someone who disagreed with his point that, STEM without the creative arts, is just machinery!, it’s still worth underscoring.
Last fall, Scholastic Books released one of the coolest books I (and the Caldecott Committee) had ever seen. The Invention of Hugo Cabret tells the story of a young orphan and clockmaker who lives in the Paris train station. The book merges art and technology and weaves a story for the ages–one that I think resonates so profoundly with young readers because it draws on both STEM and The Arts. Is it too much to imagine that this is the logical combination in schools as well?
Note to David…while I can’t create a better anagram with STEM and MAD (music, art, drama), may I suggest substituting ART for MAD and creating an equation? It would look something like this:
- For the first time ever, YOU can watch the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Awards Ceremony!