The Main Course Was Mealworms: The Epistemics of Art and Science in Public Engagement

October 6th, 2019 | RESEARCH

In this paper we share an emerging analytical approach to designing and studying STEAM programs that focuses on how programs integrate the respective epistemic practices—the ways in which knowledge is constructed—of science and art. We share the rationale for moving beyond surface features of STEAM programs (e.g., putting textiles and electronics on the same table) to the disciplinary-specific ways in which participants are engaged in creative inquiry and production. We share a brief example from a public STEAM event to demonstrate the ways in which this approach can foster reflection and intentionality in the design and implementation of STEAM programs.



Team Members

Bronwyn Bevan, Author, University of Washington
Jen Wong, Author, Guerilla Science
Sam Mejias, Author, London School of Economics
Mark S Rosin, Author, Pratt Institute


Publication: Leonardo


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: Science Learning +
Award Number: 1647150
Funding Amount: $1,952,296

Funding Source: Wellcome Trust

Related URLs

Science Learning +: Broadening Participation in STEM through Transdisciplinary Youth Development Activities


Audience: General Public | Learning Researchers | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Public Events and Festivals | Public Programs

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This material is supported by National Science Foundation award DRL-2229061, with previous support under DRL-1612739, DRL-1842633, DRL-1212803, and DRL-0638981. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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