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ECU's STEM to STEAM Camp Links Visual Arts to Technology

August 20, 2014
East Carolina University

East Carolina University’s first STEM to STEAM summer camp challenged 25 elementary to high school students to make connections between technology and art.

Hosted by the School of Art and Design July 21-25 in Jenkins Fine Arts Center, the art-focused camp combined elements of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with the added discipline of visual arts (STEAM).

“The students didn’t know how the STEM disciplines would play into art,” said Robbie Quinn, camp director and associate professor of art education in the School of Art and Design. “This week has been eye-opening in that way.”

In most public schools, math, science and art are taught separately, Quinn said.

“All of these disciplines need to be called upon to work together,” Quinn said. “We hope to use the art learning as a way to make the STEM concepts visible. Our real hope for the students is that they would see the power of whole-brain learning, that they’re able to make connections among disciplines.”

Learn more about ECU's STEM to STEAM camp.