Jia Mei ’21
Major: Molecular Biology
Faculty Collaborators: Kris Stanec, Director of Museum Education; Alie Ehrensaft, Museum Education Assistant
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) is an integrative educational approach that has gained attraction over the years for its emphasis on creativity (“A” for Arts”) in the STEM field. As a Molecular Biology major and a Student Guide Facilitator at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (FAC), I am interested in the intersection of education, science, and the arts. Thus, I pursued the Noyce Summer Fellowship at the FAC to explore different possibilities of STEAM in museum education. As a Noyce Fellow, I combined my experiences in the science and art disciplines to inform my design of the (A) STEAM Card, (B) Elsie Interactive, and (C) VoiCCes Project. The STEAM Card, designed from the Elements & Principles of Art, is a resource for students to make observations of their natural surroundings as artists and scientists. The Elsie Interactive incorporates mathematical concepts, such as symmetry and area, to challenge students to look at art in different ways. Finally, the VoiCCes project invites CC students from STEM and Art majors to give various perspectives on the perception of color in art. This summer experience will shape my future work in science education.