Using Art Concepts for Science Education: Expanding the use and Visibility of Museum Collections

Slavko Milekic, University of the Arts, USA, Amy Cline, AIM Academy , USA

In this paper we argue that art complements science in the process of discovery. We present historical evidence where arts-related techniques have lead to great scientific discoveries, and propose arts inspired digital applications for teaching science concepts. The ideas presented were tested as a part of an interactive application helping volunteers grasp basic concepts in marine biology (Cline, H.A., 2012). As such, they provide a model that can be used by any museum to extend their reach to a variety of audiences. The paper also supports movement from traditional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) model of education.

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