Kevin notes that while the maker movement has much to contribute to the educational push for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), we cannot forget the massive contribution to our cultural progress by Art. Kevin calls for broadening the scope to include arts…
“It is how we come together to pick up STEAM for the renaissance … STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Educating and encouraging our children to embrace artistic expression is just as important as teaching them calculus and the periodic table.”
I could not agree more!! My career as a software developer has been at its most satisfying and fun when I was collaborating with artists … and social/cognitive scientists. Much of the push of our factory educational system over the last hundred years or so has been for industrialized STEM. We need to incorporate Art and encourage creative thinking in our redesign of education. It was an integral part of renaissance education. Somehow we left it behind in our race to the top.
It is one of my big hopes for Maui Makers that we can draw in artists and develop cooperative activities with various art communities here (Hui No’eau, Lahaina Arts Society, Source Festival, etc.). The collaboration of artist-scientist-engineer is so much more productive and positive for society than any acting alone.
So if you are an artist, Welcome! Please feel free to browse around. Speak up, ask questions, learn and teach. I and other techies are happy to have you here, and at our space-to-be.