STEAM represents the economic progress and breakthrough innovation that comes from adding art and design to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and research: STEM + Art = STEAM. The value of art and design to innovation is clear: Artists and designers humanize technology, making it understandable and capable of bringing about societal change. The tools and methods of a studio-based education offer new models for creative problem solving, flexible thinking and risk-taking that are needed in today’s complex and dynamic world. The STEM to STEAM Briefing was presented in cooperation with Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-2), the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council, the Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island College, and the Rhode Island Department of Education.
Rhode Island has taken a leadership role in enacting policies and collaborations that recognize the pivotal role of art and design in building STEAM. Come hear about these efforts, including RISD-led initiatives that will demonstrate how this synergy offers the potential to promote education and workforce development, and advance statewide innovation.
Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-2)
John Maeda, President, Rhode Island School of Design
Saul Kaplan, Founder and Chief Catalyst, Business Innovation Factory (BIF), Member, Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC)
Andrea Castañeda, Chief, Department of Accelerating School Performance, Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)
Charlie Cannon, Co-PD, Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design