Last spring students in the Brown/RISD STEAM club – who advocate for mixing art into the current educational emphasis on STEM education (science, technology, engineering, math) – partnered with the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island to run a series of workshops with elementary-age kids that combined art, science and fun.
Fourth- and fifth-graders worked with Chen and recent graduate Melita Morales MA 14 to explore animal anatomy and its relationship to the animals’ natural environments. The children then used the knowledge to create their own Frankensteinian creatures.
“It’s not really about science or math,” notes Heini Korhonen 16 IL, one of the students involved. “It’s about the interconnectedness of all things.”
To watch the video produced produced by the school and directed by Allison Chen 15 ID and Savannah Barkley 17 FAV, describing the experience and showing the kids in action, visit: https://vimeo.com/143611780