STEM and Art

Delivering the technologies curriculum to students provides a wonderful opportunity to address many STEM principles. STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Throughout TinkeringChild Blog, activities and posts suggest and share many relevant ideas and ways STEM can be incorporated across the curriculum. This post is sharing two ideas of how STEM activities can integrate art. The first is using videoing skills, colourful creations, power point slides to manipulate inserted videos to synchronize and be reflected in a square pyramid to create a hologram effect.

The second is with Year 2 students who used paper-mâché to make hot air balloons. The task was part of their science unit where different materials can be combined for a particular purpose. The girls took photos with the camera on the iPad of each other, printed, cut out and mounted onto a basket made from paper cup. The girls then used a LED and coin battery with cellophane to appear as if hot air was being blown into the balloon. So many skills being mastered and enjoyed in the creation of a decorated paper-mâché balloon.

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!