Art of Science Learning

I am just now recovering from last week’s Art of Science Learning conference in San Diego. For something that lasted just one-and-a-half days, there was an almost overwhelming amount of great presentations, great information sharing and exchange, and — above all — great people dedicated to moving the idea of the Art of Science Learning…

I was recently invited to teach a class for San Diego State University undergraduates interested in entrepreneurship: MGT 453.1 — Creativity and Innovation. I accepted the invitation, and will begin teaching my brand-new class in the fall. However, there’s just one problem: What will I teach? The good news is that I have an existing…

Creativity in the Classroom

There are many ways that the Art of Science Learning manifests at our different institutions. This is my story, and one example of what this can look like. The concept of art and science integration became a laboratory for two institutions located in San Francisco, located right across the street from each other. Education staff…

Most people are at a loss to be able to identify any useful connections between arts and sciences. This ignorance is appalling. Arts provide innovations through analogies, models, skills, structures, techniques, methods, and knowledge. Arts don’t just prettify science or make technology more aesthetic; they often make both possible. That cell phone or PDA you’re…

STEM or STEAM?

Within certain education and policy circles the acronym STEM (i.e., science, technology, engineering, math) has become a common term, used frequently to be inclusive when referring to a broad area of scholarship and enterprise we deem particularly connected, i.e., those listed four subjects. How, or even whether the acronym is understood and fashionable outside these…

The Power of the Science Fair

I can still remember how excited I got in junior and senior high school when it was science fair season. My friends and I would kick around ideas and make elaborate plans for what we were certain would be that year’s shoo-in winner of the school fair. And once we captured the school’s top prize,…

Reasoning versus Imagination?

Jack Hassard wishes us well (and tasks us with being as provocative as we can) in his blog named after his book, The Art of Teaching Science (Oxford, 2004). Summarizing his own approach to science education, he credits Jacob Bronowski as his main inspiration, especially his belief that reasoning and imagination work closely together. Hassard…

Have you recently assessed how your students relate to science? I clearly remember when I was young watching old movies and television shows that depicted scientists as older men with glasses, crazy white hair, and lab coats. Have today’s students’ images of science changed? What about artists? Do they all have mustaches and paint on…

I am Peter Economy, and I have for as long as I can remember been a fan and practitioner of both the arts (specifically, the musical arts) and science. Some years ago, I had the very good fortune to be invited by Harvey Seifter to help him write a book on New York’s Orpheus Chamber…

Welcome to The Art of Science Learning!

The Art of Science Learning is an NSF-funded exploration of how the arts can strengthen STEM skills and spark creativity in the 21st-Century American workforce. The project will be launched this spring with conferences in Washington, DC (at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, April 6-7), Chicago (Illinois Institute of Technology, May 16-17) and…