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September 2015

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radial pattern to a piece of driftwood. Legend states that upon a sailor's return from sea, he gave these sym- metrical patterned valentines to loved ones. This lesson combined art standards with math standards, as stu- dents explored patterns and symmetry. Math As artists work, they plan and orga- nize supplies, materials, and ideas. Students gathered objects on the seashore, such as shells, seaweed, and sticks, and collectively classified and sorted these objects. Students then used these to create ecological land-art sculptures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. In the end, students' math, science, and art scores improved and they were able to apply their newfound knowledge from the classroom to the beach. STEAM provided the founda- tion for an amazing experience that helped students make connections between the arts and non-art subjects, strengthen skills in all areas, and gain a rich learning experience. Tracey Hunter-Doniger teaches at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina. hunterdonigertl@ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12. P O I N T O F V I E W STEAM into Action at the Ocean CONTINUED ON PAGE 45. T here is no question that STEM concepts and constructs are vital to learning, but STEAM goes that extra step by infusing the arts and art standards seamlessly into lessons, providing students with the opportunity to explore, create, innovate, and actively participate in the learning process. By making pur- poseful connections through STEM and the arts, skills in all areas are strengthened and students gain a richer learning experience. STEAM in Practice Last spring I had the pleasure of being an artist-in-residence at Howe Hall Elementary, an arts-infused school in South Carolina. This residency inves- tigated the outcomes of a STEAM program implemented into two kin- dergarten classrooms. Students were introduced to complex math and sci- ence standards, then problem-solved using art and design standards to explore each concept. During my residency, I taught a series of ocean-themed lessons. I also organized a field trip to the Atlantic Ocean, where I activated prior knowl- edge from the classroom lessons and put STEAM into action at the ocean. Students rotated through eight rigor- ous lessons, each of which integrated two or more subjects. The following lessons are from the STEAM field trip and describe the connections between the disciplines. Science Visual art and scientific inquiry go hand in hand. Just as scientists explain the world from their observa- tions and research, artists explore the world and explain it through their artwork. Applying scientific inquiry to the art-making process, students painted what they observed at the ocean and designed a tourism bro- chure to entice visitors. Technology Technology is the application of scien- tific knowledge to invent or improve useful things or to solve problems. In South Carolina, the history of pirates is an important part of the state social studies curriculum. At the ocean, we discussed the tools and technol- ogy that would have been around during the time of Black Beard, then used pirate technology as props for an improvisation of "a day in the life of a pirate," which met state theater standards. Engineering I focused the engineering lesson on the five-step design process of ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve. While at the ocean, each group of stu- dents was asked to build a village out of sand. The groups rotated, adding more to each sand village to improve the design's sustainability. By the end of the day the sand village had a water reservoir, recreational spaces, a for- est, a shopping center, a downtown, a complex series of roads, and three subdivisions. Art Students created a form of nineteenth- century nautical artwork called a "sailor's valentine." 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