Today’s Education: STEM or STEAM?

By Beverly French, Envison Board Member and Arts, Culture & Entertainment Signals Team

“If you had two sheets of newspaper and ten inches of tape, how tall a structure could you build with them? ”
That’s the sort of question Rutgers Prep lower and middle school students are asked every week in JoAnn Miller’s STEAM class. Combined with the IDEAS program (Innovation, Design, Engineering, Application and Skills), Ms. Miller’s class and others at Rutgers Prep are meant to give students in grades one through eight opportunities to explore their regular classroom work in a teamwork scenario, using problem solving, observation, experimentation and creativity.


A “Thinking Brush” for an AI Artist?

Beverly French, Envision Board member and Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Signals Team

In March 2023, artist Refik Anadol explained to a PBS resporter: “My primary material is data, the information, and my second material is a ‘thinking brush’ that is assisted by machine ‘dreaming.’” Anadol has spent seven years uploading images of flowers, landscapes and art, contributing to the 75 million images of flowers generated with computer data through the work of scientists, software programmers, researchers, architects and designers.

A thinking brush?!  Read a transcript of the interview.