Why blend art and science?
Before there were the Yankees vs. Red Sox, another rivalry persisted – art vs. science.
For decades, education has contrasted artists and scientists as polar opposites.
Now, sometimes as early as middle school, students must pick a scholastic track – STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) or liberal arts (language, music, art and social studies).
What if we merged them?
Centuries ago, Leonardo Da Vinci created both breathtaking art and cutting-edge inventions. He sketched into existence his innovations and his technology benefited from his eye for design.
Today, others blend beauty and science. Artist Kamila Szczesna creates and sculptures from the DNA in her saliva. Biologist Francois-Joseph Lapointe calls himself a “bioartist” and is sequencing his and his wife’s microbiomes to generate metagenomic selfies.
All artists benefit from an enhanced knowledge of science. Potters experiment with glazes in kilns heated to thousands of degrees, jewelers study how to polish, melt and transform metals, and painters explore solvents and solutions.
On the flip side, scientists benefit from artistic study too. Art – and engineering – require creativity and looking at the world differently. Photography, painting and sketching force the participant to view life from a different angle to create something new, which can translate into aesthetic designs.
Why we do it
One study by Americans for the Arts showed that kids studying art three hours per week are four times more likely to achieve academic recognition and four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair.
This duality of blending art and science allows students to explore all options before selecting a career. It shows them scientists can create art and artists can investigate science. Plus, they benefit from stronger projects, more creative ideas, and more confidence and skills in both areas.
How we do it
At IDEA Lab Kids, we blend form and function, beauty and technology, art and science. Kids don’t have to pick a track but can explore both simultaneously.
At our after-school program, kids ping between an art studio and engineering club, and a culinary academy and robotics. Learning how to think critically and solve problems fuels their passion for art and innovation, while exploring beauty in nature and their own imaginations helps them build better robots or create a streamlined 3D printer design.
A summer camp fuses chemistry and art for K-2 grade students. Another allows 3-6 grade campers to explore science, technology and art to pass their Idea Lab Wizarding Exam.
We believe more options allows students to pursue many interests, investigate science, discover art, invent a product, or merge their passions.
We’re creating the next generation of da Vincis.
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Learn more about science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) camps at www.idealabkids.com/camps.