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STEAM: When STEM Needs An A(ssist):

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Missouri State University
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Colby Jennings, Area Coordinator for the Animation and Digital Arts program at Missouri State University

The inclusion of the arts into STEM fields is being supported widely across the United States.  Not only does this reflect the necessity of incorporating the arts into the everyday educational experience of students, but it also illustrates the ways that art can positively impact science and technology. 

That kind of impact is certainly possible in a new program started by the Art and Design department here at Missouri State University.  Colby Jennings, who is the area coordinator, stops by to chat about its background and the plans for its curriculum.  Listen in as we discuss the motivation for its creation, how he views the intersection of art and the sciences, and the ways students in his program can contribute to the spread of information in this, the digital and visual age.

Dr. David Cornelison has been working as an educator and scientist in Arizona and Missouri universities for the last 32 years. From 2010-2018, he was the head of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University. His research interests lie at the intersection of experimental condensed-matter physics and astrophysics, while his educational efforts have focused on outreach to the K-12 school system. Most of all, he believes in curiosity-driven learning in the sciences and all other fields.