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Putting the A in STEAM
CM Iteson 21 October 2015
Transcript of Putting the A in STEAM
STEM movement has pushed for greater scientific and mathematical literacy nation-wide
Division is often seen between 'hard' and 'soft' sciences
Inclusion of Arts shows how STEM can manifest itself in a variety of ways, allowing students to utilize plasticity of brain in learning and retaining information
How to choose?
Review of Core Math and NGSS - what necessary skills are consistently reviewed?
Curriculum change and the problems of acceleration: holes in instruction
Teacher feedback on skills advanced kids need to further develop
District Support - JCSD
Creativity & Innovation
Discovery & Exploration
Personal Connections &
Student Learning &
Administration review of content and instruction
Flipped classroom - student choice and Blogger
Web-based interactives and low-tech solutions
Creativity of mind, creativity of spirit: Seymour Papert's mathematical theory of learning through play
Brain reseach shows that individuals build neural networks when students apply meaning to learned content and create understandings (Sousa & Tomlinson, Differentiation and the Brain, 2011: pp.52-55)
Student choice combined with desire to see HOW STEM IMPACTS GREATER WORLD fosters creativity & discovery grounded in STEM but found in the ARTS
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The Art of Color - Visible spectrum, Color-blindness, and how color impacts the emotional & visible response to art
Arts and Sciences in
Summit Middle School
Meeting ground between Art & STEM: Fractals
Fractals (repeating mathematical patterns or sets): Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Spiral, Julia Set, Mandelbrot Set, Sierpinski Triangle
Flipped Instruction: Blogger
Uses School Google Domain - students in safe posting environment.
Springboard for concepts / ideas
Collaborative and cooperative - students learn new information, blog with peers to further comprehend information, and shares new knowledge whole-group
Further Expansion: Symmetry and Phi
Math Impacts Art of the Eye: Perspective
Web Interactives and Creativity
Hands-On Geometry and Planes:
Origami and Kirigami
* student choice, create two of each chosen form
(one showing angles, one showing form)
* magazine pages are excellent 'practice' sheets
* kirigami shows impact of changing plane