Haven't you heard? STEM is old hat, and there's a new game in town.
That new game recognizes that science, technology, engineering, and
math don't quite encompass the entirety of human endeavors, so it
includes an "A" for arts.
STEMA doesn't sound very cool, so fortunately the arts were wisely
wedged in between engineering and math, giving us STEAM. Of course,
those in the artistic community correctly pointed out that there's
more to "art" than just Art, so STEAM isn't really considered an
acronym anymore. Just a word that we're going to type in all caps,
Anyway, a few years ago some energetic faculty at OSU created the
STEAM Factory. The group is dedicated to facilitating
cross-discplinary research and outreach. They even have a space right
around the corner from COSI over at 400 W Rich.
I had the privilege of joining the STEAM Factory last year, and that
group is my go-to source for any potential partnerships with COSI.
Mechanical engineers, visual artists, pathologists, lighting
designers, economists. You name it, they've got it. If you're ever
curious what we're about, you'll usually find us testing outreach
ideas during Franklinton Fridays, so come on over.