Einstein once said “imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Creativity is one of the 4C’s developed and strengthened in science, technology, engineering, and art (STEM) practices, along with critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Artist Janet Echelman describes her journey as an artist, and the importance of imagination and creativity in creating art during this excellent and thought provoking TED Talk. Many STEM programs have incorporated the arts into their STEM programs becoming known as STEAM. One of the justifications of adding the “a” to STEM programs is that artist like engineers use the design process. For information about the science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) teacher training workshops I offer worldwide send me a message via the contact page or check out my STEM and Science teacher training website here.
Medical illustrator, David Bolinsky presents a fascinating 5 minute TED Talk showing the bustling life inside a cell via animations. Often students are introduced to the cell in a compartmentalized format, not allowing the student to visualize and really comprehend what is going on inside of the cell. During this 5 minute TED Talk, David Bolinsky shows powerful animations of cellular mechanics. The slides are part of a long-term project with Bolinky’s Team and Harvard’s Biovisions. I encourage all science teachers to view this TED Talk, and consider showing this to their students when introducing the cell. After viewing these animations, students are more likely to have an internalized view of the way a cell works, and its components. Students will find out how life really works, and the truth and beauty in the biological sciences. During my Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teacher training workshops with life science focus, teachers work in small groups to design and build models of cells using readily available, recyclable materials, etc. that model the “real-life” function of the specific organelle. For example, using a “battery” to represent the mitochondrion etc. No food materials are permitted in the making of the cell models. For more information about the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) K-12 teacher training workshops I offer worldwide check out my teacher training website here.