Full STEAM ahead: Students put science, technology skills to the test


When are we going to use this in real life?

It’s a question that’s been echoed by schoolchildren nationwide, that in the past may have left teachers stumped.  Middle-schoolers from seven central and northern New Jersey districts gathered to put their science, technology, engineering, art, and math, or STEAM, skills to the test in a competition that relied on education, teamwork, time management, and trial-and-error.  To read more (and see a video of this in action) click here or the image above.

Let’s keep the ‘A’ in ‘STEAM’: The importance of the arts in our schools



Did you know that a student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement? When you think about it, it makes sense — the arts not only teach kids to be creative, but it also teaches them collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills. Not to mention stick-to-itiveness — it takes a lot of dedication to learn a new song, memorize a script, or visualize and complete an art project.

To Read more click the image above or Here.

‘HALO’ Makes Art Out of Subatomic Particle Collisions at Art Basel




Image: The goal, Ruth Jarman says, is to “transcend the data so that it becomes something else” (Claudia Marcelloni/CERN)

HALO,” a 13-foot-tall, 33-foot-wide cylinder encircled with stretched-out piano strings that emulate the sounds of protons colliding, is simultaneously a goldmine of advanced scientific data and a transcendent experience designed to overwhelm the senses.  To read more click the image above or Here.  #education #technology #music #arts #STEAM


How augmented reality will make street art come to life



One of the subjects of the massive mural in Miami, emblazoned on the exterior of a restaurant named R House, is Salvador Dali. With a surprised gaze, the surrealist looks on with a rainbow-checkered pattern across his face. The mural already looks bold and vibrant, much like the other works across the neighborhood. It’s not like every other mural, though. When an in-the-know passerby points their smartphone to the work the image becomes animated via augmented reality.  On the phone’s screen, the colorful blocks begin to be swept away, as though by the wind, revealing a black-and-white checkered underlayer. It’s in this grayscale scene that a butterfly with ultraviolet wings flits and rests on Dali’s cheek…. To read more (and see a video of this in action, click the image above or here.   #education #technology #music #arts #STEAM

The divide between art and science



Educational funding in this country has always come with a narrative: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) is in crisis, and that’s what we hear in order to push funding toward new computers, new textbooks and better teachers for the sciences. This is all acceptable until you realize it’s pulling away from other departments, namely the Arts, that also require funding.  To read more click the image above or Here.

#education #technology #music #arts #STEAM

While You Were Gawking at Snapchat Posts, One Artist Was Listening to Them




You might not have thought about Snapchat this way. You might not have thought much about it at all.

While Snapchat is primarily used as a visual application, an unusual collaboration between its engineers and an artist, Christian Marclay, has produced an exhibition based on the sounds in posts created by the app’s users.

To Read more Click Here or the Image above.

Forget crayons; students in summer program use their brainwaves to create art



Art created with brainwaves?

Art was added as part of Math Corps’ mission to partner with the community and teach program participants how to best take advantage of an ever-evolving digital world, said Hilary Jackson, vice president and head of home loans servicing at Capital One.

“The art component is not just about what you can do with technology,” Jackson said. “It’s about all the different aspects of technology and what you can create, versus just how technology can help you do things better and faster.”


To Read more about this innovative program, click here or the image above.

When art meets technology, sparks fly!



Art – “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

Technology – “The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.”

To Read More about bringing Art and Technology together to make sparks, click here (or the picture above).