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June 30, 2015 AT 2:00 am

STEM classes should include lessons about low-tech crafts like sewing #makereducation

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Interesting article from Slate published earlier this month on the importance of sewing in STEM classes.

My blended identity has greatly influenced my own research, which focuses on, among other things, how STEM, art, and craft can come together in education to benefit students. I am excited to see that the maker and STEAM (that’s STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—plus arts) movements are increasingly integrated into K–12 education and beyond. However, many of these programs can prioritize technology over crafting or use crafting as a gateway to technology. While it’s noble to build STEM interest, downplaying crafting and the arts is not.

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