June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
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Encouraging Creativity in STEM through Music Technology !Real-world problem solving in the 21st century increasingly often requires technicalknowledge and experience gained through STEM education, yet too often early STEMpedagogy carries the implication that problems have single correct solutions, in contrastwith a reality where problems can be approached in a multitude of ways, with the bestsolutions often being the most creative and novel. This speaks to the need for trueintegration of the arts and creative thinking into the sciences, and to debunk the belief ina false dichotomy between STEM and the arts born of compartmentalized learning.!The Summer Music Technology (SMT) program is a unique week-long learningexperience for rising high school sophomores and juniors. The program aims to introduceits participants to the scientific concepts underlying modern music technology, drawingupon the youth’s near universal interest in music. Beginning in 2006, the program hascompleted its ninth iteration and has enrolled over 200 high school students. Each year,the curriculum is revised with new material including significant contributions fromgraduate and undergraduate students in a variety of technical fields.!Through the program, we aim to illustrate the mutually-reinforcing relationship betweentechnology and the arts via inquiry-driven modules and projects involving creativeproblem solving. Our approach not only serves to emphasize creativity amongst thetechnically inclined, but also presents STEM in an accessible, interesting way to thosestudents who would not otherwise consider supplementing their education with STEM oreven pursuing STEM careers. We evaluate the efficacy of the program and makeinformed changes through brief student surveys following each activity.!!!
Gregorio, J., & Rosen, D. S., & Morton, B. G., & Batula, A. M., & Caro, M., & Scott, J., & Kim, Y., & Lindstrom, K. M. (2015, June), Introduction to STEAM Through Music Technology (Evaluation) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24371
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