Should art become a part of STEM?

UCF professor Ryan Buyssens discusses the “STEAM” initiative and why some educators are calling for art to be incorporated into the focus on science, technology, engineering, and math.

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THE NATIONAL STEM INITIATIVE, THE PUSH TO GET KIDS TO STUDY SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH, HAS TAKEN OFF.

BUT SOME EDUCATORS THINK ART HAS BEEN LEFT BEHIND, TO STUDENTS'S DETRIMENT.

WE SAT DOWN WITH UCF PROFESSOR RYAN BUYSSENS TO DISCUSS WHAT ARE CALLING THE STEAM INITIATIVE.

SO, JUST FIRST OF ALL, TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF STEAM.

WHAT IS IT?

STEM STANDS FOR 'SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH.'

AND THE 'A' IN STEAM STANDS FOR 'ART.'

SO IT'S THE ADDITION OF THE ARTS INTO THE MATHEMATICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL FIELDS.

I THOUGHT THAT STEM WAS CREATED -- THE CONCEPT OF STEM WAS CREATED BECAUSE THERE WAS A FEELING THAT NOT ENOUGH STUDENTS WERE GOING INTO THE SCIENCE FIELDS.

WHY ARE WE INTRODUCING ART INTO THE EQUATION NOW?

ARTS HAS BEEN LINKED INTO THE SCIENCES SINCE THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT, AND BOTH HAVE A SIMILAR-YET-MAYBE-A LITTLE-BIT-DIFFERENT APPROACH.

BUT AN ARTIST IS VERY EXPLORATIVE TO WHATEVER CONCEPT OR IDEAS THAT THEY'RE EXPLORING, AND A SCIENTIST IS THE SAME WAY.

AND WHAT ABOUT FOR THE ARTIST?

WHAT DOES THE ARTIST GAIN OUT OF GETTING THAT GROUNDING IN SCIENCE?

THE BOOM IN TECHNOLOGY AND ALL THE NEW TOOLS AND ADVANCEMENT IN COMPUTERS AND THINGS LIKE 3-D PRINTING AND THE TANGIBILITY OF MEDIA IS REALLY STARTING TO TRANSCEND THE FIELDS, AND TO BE INSPIRED OR CONNECTED TO THESE DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES OR IDEAS WILL HELP INFORM THE ARTIST'S WORK.

RYAN BUYSSENS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR EXPLAINING THE CONCEPT OF STEAM TO US.

THANK YOU.