I sometimes wonder if I'm still a geek. I studied comp sci in college but drifted away (some might say, sold out) when I got my MBA. Now that I'm writer/educator diving into arts-integrated literacy, I seem to have wandered even further from my tech roots. Or have I?
Watching this GEEKWEEK clip, I realized with a thrill, I recognize these kooky characters. Late nights spent watching Eureka on Hulu on my MacBook Air? Yeah, that's what I do. Writing a new book for my middle grade series called Finn's Rocket? Uh huh, I'm getting in touch with my sci-fi self. Are you a TED junkie like me? That's technology, education and design, a powerful combo.
For my next release, serena 3.0 will be learning how to teach STEAM. No, not steampunk, although that would be cool, too. STEAM is the next logical step up from the national agenda of STEM--Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and research. Add Art (and Design) to the mix and watch the creativity explode.
Schools like the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design believe that the creativity of artists added to the inventing skills of scientists will solve the most complex challenges facing the world today. To learn more about how RISD supports STEAM education with their STEM to STEAM initative, visit RISD.