The integration of multiple disciplines or, at the very least, the value of collaboration across traditional academic and professional lines is gaining recognition as a way to spur innovation in a variety of fields. The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Music) approach places the arts at the center of the problem solving and innovation processes.
A growing number of higher education institutions, primary schools, and private sector businesses and organizations are discovering the value of the STEAM approach. Universities are encouraging faculty members from a variety of fields to share research , share ideas, and co-create in a manner not emphasized under the traditional STEM model. Primary school systems are finding ways to bulk up arts and humanities programs to compliment their math and science curriculum Corporations are using art as a way to inspire creativity in R&D departments. STEAM, it seems, is here to stay.
For more information on how STEAM is being used in a variety of settings, take a look at the following resources:
- Hyperallergic – Bring Art and Science Out of Academic Isolation
- STEM to STEAM - http://stemtosteam.org/