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Engineering360: "Is STEM Better Off as STEAM?"

05/14/2018 3:36 PM

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Re: Is STEM Better Off as STEAM?

05/15/2018 7:44 AM

STE(A)M. The "A" is for Architecture which falls in line with STEM .

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05/15/2018 10:00 AM

This issue has been on my mind even before STEM & STEAM even existed. Science gives people the skills to navigate dead things and technology. Liberal Arts gives people the skills to navigate the realm of people and living things. And, each side tends to exclude the other. Without Science, Liberal Arts is rendered dysfunctional. Without Liberal Arts, Science is rendered irrelevant. Specialists in Science tend to forget who it's for. Specialists in Liberal Arts , tend to forget how things get done. Both are needed. Neither should be exclusive of the other.

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05/15/2018 10:30 AM

Well said. While researching this article (I wrote it), I found that "arts people" and "science people" feel that they sit at two ends of a spectrum, and they definitely resist mingling.

Your comment reminded me of a quote by Francisco Goya that I thought about including in the article. I think it sums up the play between science and art.

"Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with reason, fantasy is the mother of the arts and the origin of their marvels."

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08/02/2018 12:32 PM

It seems like the education objective would be better-suited to being more about project management in tandem with project accomplishment. The project(s) would be more effective if they could have each team member develope a single component that, when all brought together to form the single team final, coordinated, project result, which would then be evaluated by the entire class, as to which team completed the most effective result...

Depending on the nature of the project, Architectural Engineering could well play a vital role in the project's success...

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08/02/2018 2:36 PM

I don't disagree with your comment. But, one of my pet peeves is that people seem to not recognize that life is NOT entirely objective. Whether life is worth living or not, is highly subjective (dependent on the judgement of individual persons). Science has a big problem dealing with subjective subjects. Art teaches/allows a subjective aspect of Life. I don't believe Life can be lived satisfactorily without a good blend of both the subjective/objective aspect/relationship. Without science, people are dysfunctional. Without people, science is irrelevant. Not only should people have a good relationship with science, but "science" should also have a good relationship with people. That leads to a more fulfilling life.

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08/02/2018 10:29 PM

I don't disagree with your comment either...

But life has taught me that, even if we never spend one second of time playing baseball, softball, or t-ball, life is still gonna throw each of us a lot of curve balls, and what matters is how we each choose to react to each of 'em, hopefully more effectively as we get older...

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