What is STE(A)M?
Sir Ken Robinson at it again with a wonderful animation titled PAPER CLIP. A wonderful piece distinguishing between divergent thinking and creativity. Daniel Pink's A WHOLE NEW MIND and Robert Root-Bernstein's SPARKS OF GENIUS. It is the ARTS that fosters both this creative and divergent thinking.
More than that, the video echoes an ASCD article that discuss an ISTE and Verizon study aimed at reversing the lack of engagement trend seen in the STEM disciplines. THE JOURNAL reports that key findings of the research proves:
- 40 percent of middle and high school students at participating VILS schools demonstrated increased engagement;
- 52 percent of students demonstrated increased proficiency with mobile technologies in learning;
- Students of VILS teachers were more inclined than their non-VILS peers to go to college, were more confident about being admitted, and were more inclined to major in a STEM field; and
- Students of VILS teachers reported more positive views of math and science and more frequent use of technology, including computers, mobile phones, tablets, and digital media data and tools.