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Think Science: STEAM

Jo Sittenfeld
Rhode Island School of Design's NatureLab

For years, STEM has been primary school education’s shiny penny. It’s a focus on developing students and teachers’ talents in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, with an eye toward readying young minds for the jobs of the future.  President Barack Obama’s dream is for American students to “move from the middle of the top in science and math.”

But what about the arts? Studies have shown that students who participate in school-sponsored or extracurricular arts activities excel in other fields of study. For example, each year the Texas Music Educators’ Association touts its’ All-State student SAT scores.

There’s now a move, championed by the Rhode Island School of Design, to make sure arts aren’t left behind in the education discussion, and to turn STEM into STEAM.

What are the benefits that come with arts education? How can parents and teachers incorporate the arts into their curriculum and daily studies? What are the challenges that schools face in a world of tight budgets?

At Think Science: STEAM, we’ll talk to educators, parents, and researchers about STEAM power. Join us for a lively discussion on Friday, November 18 at the Pearl Studio. The presentation begins promptly at noon, and lasts until 1:00 p.m. Box lunches will be available for purchase from Spice of Life Catering.


Make your reservation at this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2628293

TPR’s Think Science event is made possible by Do210


Nathan has been with TPR since 1995, when he began working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.” He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media. His reporting and criticism has been honored by the Houston Press Club and Texas Associated Press.