Keep up the music and art lessons for your young child. In a recent study conducted by Michigan State University, a team of multidisciplinary researchers studied a group of MSU Honors College graduates from 1990 to 1995 who majored in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The researchers found of that group, those who own businesses or patents received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children the general public. The STEM graduates also reported higher-than-average involvement in the visual arts, acting, dance and creative writing. Why? Involvement in the arts fosters out-of-the box-thinking, the researchers said in fact, the group reported using artistic skills such as analogies, playing, intuition and imagination to solve complex problems. To read more about the research conducted by Parker, Roraback, and LaMore check out the article in MSU Today here.
All individuals are born with innate curiosity which fuels their creative juices. Unfortunately, traditional educational practices have stifled creativity for decades, and will continue to do so. I believe science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education practices has the ability to revive creativity in students of all ages. STEM education practices promote curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and communication among its learners. It’s “ok” to not have the “right answer”, there could be many “right answers and/or solutions to the problem.”
A major component of the engineering design process, widely used in STEM education is the “re-design” process. Whereby individual(s) can re-design their model after testing. It may take a half-dozen “re-designs” to get the model working to its greatest capacity. Imagine the learning that takes place during the design, test, and re-design process. Individuals are allowed and encouraged to be creative. When students of all ages are forced to really think about a problem and find a solution(s) to the problem this is what real learning and growth is all about vs. the ability to ace regional and national standardized tests. For information about the STEM teacher training workshops I conduct nation and world wide check out drdianateachertraining.com.
Check out Ken Robinson’s video Does School Kill Creativity? It’s one of my favorite videos.