One of the fascinating developments in our community has been the rapid development of the
STEM to STEAM argument- of integrating the arts/design/humanities in education of science technology engineering and math.
This was featured in our SEAD study
how to enable new forms of collaboration between the sciences, engineering and the arts, design and humanities
This report was initiated in 2011/12 just as the STEM to STEAM idea began to go viral thanks in much part to the advocacy of John Maeda then president of RISD. His advocacy has played an important role
See the RISD web site
and the congressional testimony
Maeda will be giving a distinguised lecture at the university of texas at dallas on March 4- if you live in the Dallas
metroplex this promising to be a great opportunity
Let me also bring your attention to an interesting podcast station STEAM Power
S.T.E.A.M. Power: The Power To Change The World.
We are a podcast dedicated to bringing you the latest and greatest news stories from across the entire spectrum of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics; as well as the Maker Movement and various Open Source Initiatives. We seek to inspire the public imagination in S.T.E.A.M. topics thus enabling a society that is technically and scientifically literate. We do this believing that a society that balances technological and scientific pursuit with humanity is the best hope for our collective future.
We also seek to serve as an advocate for the digital rights of individuals. We are strongly committed to ensuring technology plays the role of good in developing and safeguarding the democratic ideals of personal freedom, spirited debate, unfettered elections, and open conversation — free from fear, censorship, and harassment. We will ensure such ideals are passionately defended the world over.
We strive to be an advocate for four core initiatives, they are:
1) STEAM education in the United States and around the world. From elementary school to college and beyond. Not just in the classroom but also within youth groups and in the home.
2) Raising the public awareness and appreciation for the impacts science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics has on our society both now and in the future
3) Evangelizing the Maker Community, Open Source Movement and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mentality so that we can become a more creative, self-reliant, and openly collaborative society.
4) Advocating for the digital rights of individuals by ensuring any policies put in place by governments and corporations balance privacy with security. Thus ensuring that the rights and freedoms of the individual is never trumped by corporate greed or government overreach.
About The Hosts
Lisa Parks is a sociologist and Mike’s better half. She is passionate about understanding the impact technology has on people, society, and education. She is also the creative genius ofSuper Chic Dollies.