This paper describes the similarities between scientific and artistic processes and explains why both are valuable in the STEAM classroom. This is important because students who understand that struggle is an inherent part of process develop growth mindsets and become better learners. The paper explores the connections between STEM and art. STEAM educators use the experiences of great scientists and artists, along with students personal experiences working through creative process to guide students to understand that learning is an experience. The best learning happens when we persist through challenges.

Author/Artist Bio

Emily Prengaman is the Director of Enrichment Programs for Denver Test Prep. She received her Masters of Art degree in Biology from Miami University’s Advanced Inquiry Program in 2018. She wrote this piece as part of her graduate work. She is a painter and currently working toward her certificate in botanic illustration at the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanic Illustration.

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