Can I get a little STEAM?

Not steampunk. Not this time at least, although it has been a recurring theme for me: my theatre production of Birth of Merlin used this aesthetic, and of course, my novel Watchers of the Dawn is aptly subtitled A Steampunk Adventure.

Here I am referring to the addition of Art to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Or perhaps more accurately, the addition of the scientific method as a way of looking at Art.

In Episode #59 of Audio Chimera, I talk about this. Even though I’m retired, I’m still reflecting on my years of teaching and presenting some of the ideas I used in my instruction. (I may never have been given the title Master Teacher, but that doesn’t stop me from acting like one.)

So if you want to hear about how I tried to convince science majors that they did know how to write “an arts paper” by approaching the theatre research paper like a lab report, or how I viewed the theatrical production process through the lens of the scientific method, take a listen!

Meanwhile, here’s a photo of me as The Steampunk Grim Reaper, posing with the Mystery Science Theater 3000 bots.

Published by stephenschrum

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts; interested in virtual worlds, playwrighting, and filmmaking. Now creating a podcast called "Audio Chimera."

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