This chapter explores the theme of STEM to STEAM, adding the arts to science, technology, engineering and maths. The arts can enhance different stages of a STEM investigation. At the beginning, they might offer an inspirational impetus by being part of the learning trigger or prompt. Whilst work is ongoing, they can help to make connections between learners. Towards the end of a project, the arts can engage an audience and communicate results. Seen in this way, the explicit art within STEM-based tasks can act as bridges to communicate ideas with others. The arts might be enfolded into any part of the learning, as a multimodal channel for learning, a catalyst for ideas, or as a mediation tool that makes the ideas more accessible to others. For example, a product of a STEM investigation be a data visualisation that draws upon visual literacy skills to interpret scientific findings. A key question is what does the arts add to the process of STEM enquiry and vice versa?
|Title of host publication||Technology for SEND in Primary Schools|
|Subtitle of host publication||A guide for best practice|
|Editors||Helen Caldwell, Steve Cullingford-Agnew|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2017|
- Art education