SO WHAT IS STEM TO STEAM ANYWAY ? DISRUPTIVE NEW IDEAS OR VAPOR-WARE to GET FUNDING ?

Colleagues

As you know there is an international discussion on “stem to steam” concepts and approaches for new art/sci/tech teaching and research methods.  There is much debate and discussion on whether the ideas behind STEM to STEAM are new in anyway, or whether the phrase is a repacking of current work in a way to attract new funding ( for an understanding the social and cultural processes at work in ‘selling’ programs like stem to steam – on  a larger scale- see for instance Patrick McCray’s detailed book called The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future  http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9822.html   )

The US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine are currently conducting a two year study to address  the higher education part of the question:

Integrating Higher Education in the
Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/bhew/humanitiesandstem/index.htm

The European Union has initiated the STARTS (science technology and the arts ) funding program:

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/ict-art-starts-platform

which seeks to address the innovation argument:

STARTS encourages synergies between the Arts and innovation for technology and society by promoting the inclusion of artists in Horizon 2020 projects.An increasing number of high-tech companies assert that scientific and technological skills alone are not sufficient anymore. In this context, the Arts are gaining prominence as catalysts for an efficient conversion of science and technology knowledge into novel products, services, and processes.

At the more local level our own School of Art, Technology and Emerging Communication has announced 7 funded PhD fellowships in a number of areas under the stem to steam concepts:

Looking for amazing new art-sci-tech PhD students

Fashioning Circuits Lab* Future Immersive Virtual Environments (FIVE) Lab* Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems (ANTE)* Narrative Systems Research Lab* Public Interactives Research Lab (PIRL)* Social Practice and Community Engagement Media (SP+CE) Lab* 3-D Modeling Studio

These research labs are looking for PhD students to be funded by the fellowships:

Current research labs looking for PhD students include:

Current labs, studios, and research areas include:

* ArtSciLab

* Cultural Science Lab

* Creative Automata Lab

* Fashioning Circuits Lab

* Future Immersive Virtual Environments (FIVE) Lab

* Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems (ANTE)

* Narrative Systems Research Lab

* Public Interactives Research Lab (PIRL)

* Social Practice and Community Engagement Media (SP+CE) Lab

* 3-D Modeling Studio

http://malina.diatrope.com/2016/11/29/looking-for-amazing-new-art-sci-tech-phd-students/

If there is interest we will  propose a discussion on the YASMIN discussion list on this topic. For your interest I append the agenda for a meeting we are having here in dallas Dec 2 ( you are invited) where we will  be debating these questions:

Roger Malina

ATEC Watering Hole

Friday Dec. 2nd 2 – 4pm

ATC 3.209

SO WHAT IS STEM TO STEAM ANYWAY ? DISRUPTIVE NEW IDEAS OR VAPOR-WARE
to GET FUNDING ?

Dean Anne Balsamo has initiated a number of discussions on what STEM
to STEAM means for ATEC

We are will be holding a number of watering holes over the coming year
to provide a place to discuss what STEM to STEAM means for us.

This time:

Roger Malina

The National Academies study on Integrating Higher Education in the
Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/bhew/humanitiesandstem/index.htm

Karen Doore:
Curriculum Re-Design: Computer Science for ATEC Students
Karen Doore will present an overview of curriculum for CS
programming-sequence courses for ATEC and will include student
projects showcasing top student works. There are significant
challenges and difficulties in attempting to teach complex technical
material to a diverse student groups, particularly when many students
question the premise that these CS courses provide value for the
effort that is required to learn the course content. There are
current efforts to re-design curriculum for these courses. She is
looking for feedback and suggestions that can further guide the
curriculum re-design efforts.

About Karen Doore

Karen Doore is a Senior Lecturer and PhD Candidate in the Computer
Science Department at UT Dallas. Her research focus is Computer
Science Education, with an emphasis on curriculum design for
Non-Majors. She earned her BS in Material Science and Engineering from
the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN and an MS in Computer
Science with a focus on Intelligent Systems from UT Dallas. She
currently teaches required CS programming-sequence courses for ATEC
students, and has been working for several years as part of the
re-design effort for the curriculum of these courses. Her new
curriculum has an enhanced focus on computational modeling, so that,
in addition to learning fundamental programming concepts, students
learn how to model dynamic, interactive systems. One goal of this
modeling focus is to provide students with skills to design,
communicate about, and implement dynamic interactive programs, such as
games, animations, and design tools.

Kathryn Evans:

UTD A and H Music Faculty
Topic
Robert Root-Bernstein’s proposed bridging concepts between
science/engineering/medicine and art/design humanities (accepted for
publication in Leonardo Journal)

Alex Topete
ATEC MA student
Topic
Finding Evidence that STEAM is a good idea: the ArtSciLab Examplars project

ALL PRESENT ARE INVITED TO REQUEST PODIUM TIME IF THEY HAVE SOMETHING
THEY WANT TO PRESENT-

For non UTD people who need a parking permit contact
roger.malina@utdallas.edu