Putting the "A" in STEAM!
Why art is an important aspect of the STEM curriculum.
Art is about using creativity and imagination. This is no different in the classroom environment. We use art to increase the development of STEM's (now STEAM) essential skills. Enhancing flexibility, adaptability, productivity, responsibility and innovation. Soft skills started losing traction in the late 90's as technology grew and grew. Over the last 20 years companies have been trying to figure out how to balance the need for skilled workers that will work well and efficiently together. Soft skills are needed in the professional world (probably more so than hard skills) to create and keep a well functioning team and or company - hard skills are needed to be able to get the work done with the knowledge necessary to do it.