As da Vinci acknowledges, there is an inherent interconnectivity between different academic disciplines and this concept is vital in comprehending how the arts play a meaningful role in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. This piece reflects on the positive effects of integrating the arts in STEM.

Author/Artist Bio

Sheena Ghanbari is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership through UC San Diego. She is interested in creativity and learning at the K-16 level and is more specifically drawn to the cognitive effects of the arts as well as the STEM to STEAM movement. The push and pull between logic and creativity has been ever-present in her academic and professional interests. Coming from a family of engineers, she developed an early appreciation for the ying and yang of left brain convergent thinking and right brain divergent thinking. She earned her Masters in Arts Management from the Heinz College of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and completed her undergraduate studies in Visual Arts and Communications at UC San Diego. She is currently the Program Promotion Manager for the Department of Visual Arts where she manages all of the department’s external marketing and communication efforts. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, swimming, running, and painting.

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