The Wall Street Journal Highlights STEAM Efforts and Programs

On December 2, 2013, The Wall Street Journal published an article, titled “STEAM Blends Science and the Arts in Public Education,” which details the growing support for and implementation of programs that integrate arts education into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEAM) based curriculums.  The efforts of the bipartisan STEAM caucus, which formed in January 2013 with the goals of drafting and passing legislation that promotes the integration of arts into STEM efforts, are highlighted in the report. Young Audiences Arts for Learning incorporates STEAM into many of its programs across the country.

The piece illustrates one such program in action: a class of eighth-grade students at MS 534 in Brooklyn participated in a pilot program aimed at blending science and the arts, in which students were asked to build their own cameras.  The idea is "to use the camera as bait to draw the user in and then expose them to as many concepts as possible," one of the program’s creators told the publication. "One kid may come away being drawn to the sciences, another one may take photography."  




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