Just don't call it STEAM.
At least that's what the National Science Foundation (NSF) seems to be saying last week, in their latest grant to launch incubators in San Diego, Chicago and Worcester, Mass.
But maybe it's not that important, is it?
The fact that more organizations like the NSF are finding that the arts help young people stimulate "the development of 21st Century creativity skills and innovative processes" is exceptional, and it sends the signal that this is what America's schools are most in need of.
NSF funded the Art of Science Learning last year to produce three conferences -- in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Illinois and San Diego, California -- to look at what business, education, and communities across the United States were doing to merge the "two cultures" of art and science. In the process, Harvey Seifter, head of the project and founder of the Art of Science Learning firm, explored a framework for sparking creativity and innovation in our schools, our workplaces and in our nation; a proposal that the NSF might find attractive to underwrite.
NSF, in its announcement last week, made clear that it hopes that a new model for education will become apparent over the next few years. Specifically they state:
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