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SXSWedu 2014

Gaining STEAM: Art museums + STEM

STEAM may be a new phrase, but it’s not a new concept. Artists and scientists are inherently cross-disciplinary, and art museums are centers of creative learning across arts, humanities and, increasingly, STEM disciplines. As STEM “gains steam”, art museums are important resources for STEM educators integrating the arts into their teaching. At the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., the movement is encouraging our art museum educators to develop pedagogical resources integrating the arts across STEM disciplines, utilizing art and the creative process to delve into core STEM strands. Through this holistic approach students and teachers expand their capacity for learning and knowledge building across all subject areas. We will discuss new programs at PEM designed specifically for STEM and art educators, gallery-based STEAM lesson plans with both STEM and art outcomes, and one of our professor partners will discuss how she uses these arts integration techniques in her biology lessons.

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  1. What role can art museums play in STEM teaching and learning?
  2. What is STEAM and why should you care?
  3. How can STEM and Arts/Humanities educators work together, in real life!



Juliette Fritsch, Chief of Education and Interpretation, Peabody Essex Museum

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Best Practices & Implementation
  • Level: Intermediate
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