For over a decade, I have seen a growing interest of high calibre universities such as MIT, Stanford, University of Chicago, and UCLA in merging art and science to promote creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration skills.
We are living in the Renaissance era of the arts-integrated education where STEM is becoming STEAM.
Being a quintessential characteristic of our species, artistic expression is a powerful driving force linked to cognition and a distinct product of the human experience. It seems instinctively natural to me that schools should explore art as a learning tool in science education.
I would like to share my experiences with curriculum development. I believe my approach can be adapted and adjusted to all levels, from K-12 to graduate studies. I would love to interact with anyone interested in learning about and exploring STEAM. Tell me about your experiences with the arts and science as a student or professional. I am also interested in learning about the attempts to design policy for implementing STEAM, as well as your experiences in promoting the necessary dialogue between artists and scientists.
Let’s start this journey into the uncharted where science and art meet and boldly go where no one has gone before.
Jailson Lima (CIRCE, Academic Council; Chemistry teacher, Vanier College)
I have a background in both Chemistry (B.S., M.S., Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry) and Education (high-school teaching certificate, M.Ed. in College Teaching). Before joining the Chemistry Department of CEGEP Vanier College in 2000, I taught in Brazilian high schools and universities for ten years. Since 2009, I have been involved with curriculum development with the aim of exploring the visual arts to enhance the learning of scientific concepts while promoting disciplinary integration. I won the 2018 Beamier Award for the Art & Science project at Vanier College.