What Is A STEAM Fed Humsel? (or why STEMs Need Flowers)
Author's Note- If this is the only blog post of ours to which you have ever navigated, please read this one. It is long. And it explains the mysteries of the universe (or at least our workshop universe, with a lower-case "u".) And if you keep going you'll find out what "steam-fed humsel" looks like.I follow a variety of boards and blogs about education. When someone posted this article about the "dangers of our obsession with STEM education" (coincidentally an article that we had also shared via our Facebook page), the comment thread quickly became entertaining (in a jolly way, as some tend to do.) My favorite comment boiled down to this: the next acronym should be STEAMPHED to add P.E. because the acronym now represents all the stuff we should have been teaching our kids anyway. Take that idea to the next level: STEAMPHEDHUM? STEAMPHEDHUMSEL?If the STEM education movement and its associated acronym have become so heated, why would a company like ours ever use it to describe what we do at "an arts workshop" for kids and their families? Is STEM just a fad? The easiest answer is that we will always seek a vernacular that connects our services to the families with whom our philosophy resonates and families for whom we present an interesting alternative to their norm. On the web it's about SEO (yeah, another ) and if you are looking for us but don't know about us we want you to find us. It's really that simple. If STEAMPHEDHUMSEL meant anything to anyone then that's the acronym you'd see us use (though it would really mess with our hashtag #fullSTEAMahead.)Here's what we do: we grow artists and thinkers of character, confidence and curiosity, enabling students to learn technique, problem-solving approaches and other important life skills while weaving academic subjects within the creative activities they enjoy and in a way that prioritizes joy, learning and fun. This will always be our constant. #didnotknowIwasamathgeekuntilafterIgraduatedcollegeHere's what I believe:
- The application of a curious and creatively confident perspective to the applied sciences makes for a better scientist.
- An appreciation of the rhythm and patterns in music and dance makes for a better mathematician.
- Compassion and social awareness makes for a better engineer.
- Making art can be calming and meditative. Looking at and thinking about art at minimum is fun and at its best is visceral, reminding me that I am not a machine.
- Development of lateral thinking skills through study of the rich connections in the humanities yields a technologist who can make the world a better place. (I could keep going but I know you're busy.) #MAKEawishMAKEsomething