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Blending art and science through maker activities

Exploring how a maker activity centered around the Moomins was received by children.

Making provides an excellent opportunity to link science and other STEM areas (technology, engineering and maths) with art disciplines to support creativity and promote creative thinking. Increasingly we are seeing the term STEAM replace STEM as this approach is adopted more widely.

As we heard in the video with Professor Tony Ryan during the previous step, combining the arts with science can lead to some exciting and transformational possibilities.

In this video, Professor Jackie Marsh talks us through a maker project in a primary school that combines a range of subjects including theatre, literature and storytelling with material science, electronics and technologies including 3D printing, laser cutting and virtual reality.

This project highlights the rich cross curricular engagement opportunities for children through STEAM and making.

Share in the comments your ideas for integrating arts and creative practices into science and other STEM areas.

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