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To innovate, scientists and engineers find inspiration in the arts | SmartPlanet

To innovate, scientists and engineers find inspiration in the arts | SmartPlanet | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In the innovation field, a rebirth of Renaissance thinking is brewing. Scientists and engineers are engaging with the arts to think creatively.

 

The idea is also currently reflected in the debates on re-vamping the U.S. educational system to boost the innovation skills of U.S. students. Media artist John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, has spoken at numerous events — including before Congress — about the value of incorporating the arts to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) educational initiatives, turning STEM to “STEAM,” as Maeda has said.

 


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Jean-Loup Castaigne's curator insight, May 6, 2013 2:32 AM

To innovate, scientists and engineers find inspiration in the arts

davidconover's curator insight, May 6, 2013 10:20 AM

The Arts is the mixing bowl for science, technology, engineering and math.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 6, 2013 8:20 PM

Some disciplines have evolved to their own death. Engineering has evolved logically, but not necessarily culturally,” Silver of Intel and Makey Makey, who was trained as an electrical engineer, told me at PopTech. “Creativity isn’t part of that any more. So we look to where it is; we’re desperate for it. We look to art. And it’s wonderful, because it’s there.”

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Building blocks that blink, beep and teach | Video on TED.com

Building blocks that blink, beep and teach | Video on TED.com | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.

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