Floyd Arts Dialogue September 18th

All are Invited to Floyd Arts Dialogue to Discuss: What Role Does Art Play in STEM?

STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. There has been much recent debate in educational circles from elementary to graduate levels to explore ways in which these vital disciplines can be better integrated with the practical outcome of equipping American students to solve real-world problems.

Will we better train the “hard” disciplines to create effective collaborative solutions to problems present and future if the artist’s way of sensing the world, of thinking and creating is part of the science-and-tech mix?

So the debate is STEM vs STEAM. Do the Arts belong here? What do you think? If you’re curious about where this conversation on society and education has moved already, you can jump in at the links below. Come prepared to share you thoughts and questions for the group at FAD on September 18, noon at the Jax.

STEM or STEAM? We’re Missing the Point | Vince Bertram




STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong? – Education Week Teacher


Putting Art in STEM – The New York Times


Steam Not Stem | Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics


ARTSEDGE: Growing from STEM to STEAM


STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup | Edutopia


All are welcomed to the Jacksonville Center to participate in this monthly FAD conversation, moderated by Fred First in the temporary absence of Charlie Brouwer, who will be creating an art installation out of state. First-time guests and regulars are welcome to bring a sack lunch and spend a casual hour in interesting discussion.

WHAT: Floyd Arts Dialogue September Meeting: STEM vs STEAM
WHEN: Friday September 18 at noon
WHERE: Upstairs in the Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA
WHO: Anyone interested in learning and sharing

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Sounds interesting. What a pity is it at a time when most STEM teachers (including me) are liking to be teaching. Will you be summarizing the discussion anywhere? I would like to hear the outcome.