Monday, 27 July 2020

Architecture runs on STEAM

Architecture involves just about every subject in the National Curriculum. It is not limited to STEM subjects and relies as much on arts based and practical subjects to create balanced results.

Architecture demonstrates that it’s important to have a full spectrum of subjects for creativity.  Subjects are important in themselves and in integration to support design and architecture related disciplines.

Architecture demonstrates the importance of the full spectrum of
academic subjects; individually, integrated and from the connections in between.

STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) promote left brain thinking.  They are important objective subjects but often teach us how the world is supposed to be, rather than prompt us to consider how it could be or challenge the knowledge.

STEAM subjects include The Arts, adding creativity, subjectivity and a challenge to what we think.  This is important for adding depth and additional dimensions to the more objective subjects.  It can present a challenge to our thinking and make some uncomfortable departures from our comfort zones, but the results are worth it.  It's a key component to innovative and creative thinking.

A full spectrum of subjects, including practical courses, are important for creativity.  This allows thinking around problems and realising solutions which would otherwise prove difficult to unlock.  Young minds are diverse thinkers And incredibly creative which is important to recognise and encourage.  Education can help train the mind to harness and develop that creativity.  This makes it important to support STEAM subjects in education and promote connections between each subject discipline.  Art based subjects help us to question, conceptualise, visualise and describe our thoughts, not just illustrate them.


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