STEAM Education is the future!

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  1. sixstringbastard

    sixstringbastard Friend of Leo's

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    STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education is the wave of the future!
    Be sure to encourage young folks (and old folks too!) in their educational journey and career.
    The future is going to rock.

    Keep on twanging!
     
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    Ok. :eek:
     
  3. Chud

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    Um, do you mean STEM ? :eek:

    Though STEAM does sound a bit more, um, steamy...:lol:
     
  4. sixstringbastard

    sixstringbastard Friend of Leo's

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    Recently, there has been a movement towards including the Arts in the STEM package.

    This makes sense because an engineer without an imagination is just tightening bolts on someone else's design.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STEAM_fields
     
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    I thought we were talking about steam technology as in steam punk.
    I think boilers are cool mechanical devices..

    but yea...catch your drift
     
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    Yeah, just looked that up and saw a bunch of artsy STEAM logos. Lol.

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    Call me crazy, but I think language, history, economics, civics are important too.
     
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    I thought we were talking about that Steam of Gordon Freeman, Black Mesa, Half Life and some such. :confused:
     

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    No doubt!!
    But, a creative writing major can't build bridges. However, they can work with the bridge builders to effectively communicate the project.

    I studied history and communications in a long ago, back in the 20th century.
    A well rounded education makes for an better person.

    The STEM and STEAM movements took off because there were too many liberal arts majors and an aging work force with no new engineers or scientists to step up and take their places.

    I'm not sure what exactly drives these societal trends.

     
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    Science can tell you how to clone a velociraptor.
    History can tell you why you shouldn't.
     
  11. sixstringbastard

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    Exactly!
    You can't have success without both science and art.

     
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    Formal education sometimes does a poor job of articulating relevance. Creativity can manifest in virtually any discipline, but with myself and even my kids more recently, the creative manifestations are not described.

    So kids mistakenly believe that scientists and engineers don't use their imaginations.
     
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    Specifically, History of Film :lol:

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    Don't get caught up in the technical jargon and lose sight of the fact that many of these courses rely on and build upon classic academic studies. I used to teach high school Electronics Technology which relied heavily on reading comprehension, math, and science. Currently, I am teaching Simulation & Animation Design (video game design) which requires reading, math, analytical problem solving, programming, art (visual & audio), project management and even some market analysis. It requires students to have good academic backgrounds and reinforces those concepts with practical application (you know, that stuff you always missed in regular classes; i.e. - "Where am I ever going to use this stuff?!")

    This isn't the old "wood shop for the dunces" days of vo-tech...
     
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    Back at my high school, you had to decide between college prep or vo-tech, you couldn't have some of each. Mainly, because our Vo-Tech School was far away from our high school.
    Looking back I don't think that was a good thing. I would have loved to take vo-tech classes in addition to preparing for college.

    As far as I know, my high school still does it like this. It's a shame.

     
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    There are still educators who will say that *everyone* should get a liberal arts degree.
     
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    Add digital multimedia and video games to the STEM mix and pretty much it's saying you will either be in a STEAM pathway to great employment choice or left as the one in 3 or 4 competing for the remaining jobs.

    The 'A' if used well can bring other kids in through music production, animation, film and video and video game design which are all digital technology skills heavy these days and a massive part of the economy. The contribution to the economy in Europe and US of small creative digital or stem enterprises (under 10 people) is huge.. It's not all about working at google.

    Got an English degree!? You'll probably work in a marketing department with a digital team trying to work out the next social media campaign.
     
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    I have been saying this to my friends for years now....
     
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    Technology Education has been in place in NY state now for 30 years. That meant get rid of " hands on classes" and replace them with some type of computer work. After those 30 years, you now have a work force with limited hands- on skills but plenty of computer skills. I hear it all the time from people trying to find qualified people to do tech work.
     
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    Clearly, it shouldn't be one or the other.
     
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