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"The students didn't know how the STEM disciplines would play into art," said
In most public schools, math, science and art are taught separately, Quinn said.
"All of these disciplines need to be called upon to work together," Quinn said. "We hope to use the art learning as a way to make the STEM concepts visible. Our real hope for the students is that they would see the power of whole-brain learning, that they're able to make connections among disciplines."
At the camp, elementary students constructed rainbow fish out of paper bags after learning about the technology needed to operate fish farms, which helped relate the STEM to STEAM concept, said
Brooks shared how fish farms provide food and encouraged the students to tell their parents to buy local seafood. "It is so available, and it does relate to them a lot," Brooks said, because of
The children colorfully decorated the brown paper bag fish stuffed with newspaper. They attached the fish to blue construction paper, providing a backdrop for an underwater scene.
"I love your color selection," Brooks told one student.
"I'm making my fish angry because someone is flashing a light on him," student
"I made a tadpole and the tadpole is splashing out," camper Kaeden Harris said.
Kaeden Harris creates a rainbow fish using a paper bag and colored markers, an activity followed by discussion of how technology is used in operating fish farms.
The camp provides valuable experience for ECU students like Brooks, Quinn said. "Here, they can apply what they're learning in their undergraduate coursework to real-life school children...and (see) how those theories play out," he said.
"A lot of art education students at other universities don't get to experience working with students until their last year of school."
Third through fifth-graders at the camp collaborated on developing set designs with children in an ECU drama camp led by Patricia "Patch" Clark, associate professor and coordinator of the theatre education program in
Niece said he is excited about the STEM to STEAM initiative. "We're getting a STEM lab at Aycock this fall," he said. "We're real excited about doing a lot of cross-curriculum projects."
High school students at the camp made lighted key chains out of acrylic using traditional jewelry tools such as a saw, file and pliers. ECU metal design graduate student
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