In 2008, Obama commented on how science holds the key to our survival as a planet. He promised to put science at the top of the agenda. Ten years later and the world is facing issues such as: climate change, plastic filled oceans, growing fuel needs, transportation, and human population explosion. Problems like these, and those which are yet to be identified, need more than skilled scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians to solve. Land wrote that [human] progress comes from a melding of technology and creative thinking through art and design. Land went on to say that in order for the USA to remain at the forefront of technological innovation, it will be vital to build creative thinking and practice. The importance of STEAM comes at a time when colleges, such as MIT, are lamenting the lack of ‘outside the box’ thinking from undergraduate students. Knowing how to use technology or complete complex mathematics, being able to use the scientific method or engineer simple products, does not mean that one is using creative thinking. John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, described in an interview how innovation comes from human experience, and human experience happens through engaging with the arts. Pertinently, a 2008 study conducted by Robert Root-Bernstein found that Nobel laureates in the sciences were 22 times more likely to be involved in the performing arts, than scientists in general.
Here at BISC-LP, we have been at the forefront of the STEAM revolution. with facilities such as: dedicated elementary science labs, art studio, maker space, technology hub, and design lab, we can ensure our pupils have exposure to the rich experiences they need to develop as curious, forward thinking, problem solvers of tomorrow.
-Tom Collins, STEAM Leader