Monthly Archives: October 2015

STEM and STEAM education

STEM means Science, Technology, Engineering, Math.  It is an acronym that was used by the National Science Foundation in the early 2000s to describe the field of education in regards to science. It started to make headlines in 2008 and has been a topic of education since then. Schools started to adopt and gain grants for adopting STEM. Not too long ago, this realm has started to embrace the creative brother. One of the founder of STEM claims to unify both as follows: Science and Technology, interpreted through Engineering and the Arts, all based in elements of Mathematics, thus STEAM came to be.

I embrace this integration. I see the end of all the disciplines as tools for innovation, which is creativity. In my life, creativity is the joining point of technology/science and  design/communication(expression), and the reason why I was attracted to both the arts and technology.

STEAM

Steaming Stem

Here is an organization called SteamToStem

Check out the infographics on the difference between STEM and STEAM made by the University of Florida. I found it on upworthy.com

Maker Arm – Do it all with just one tool – An integrated maker’s tool

I can’t believe this type of tool is in the works.
Their claim is that this is “The first robotic arm that makes anything, anywhere”
It 3D prints, laser, carves, plots, assembles, picks/places and more on your desktop.

It is built with a simplistic design and an arm that is designed to have the precision and strength to accomplish all those things with a change of it’s tool head.  If this comes to pass it looks very promising and could possibly be an easy choice for the next generation of family-room makers.

Machines usually have a hard time being exceptional at one thing if they are doing too many things, but then the smartphone was the exception to that rule. Perhaps this can be as well.

Here is the Maker Arm kick starter link with the information: