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

October 6, 2019 | Public Programs

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.


  • BB 2015 leaves2
    University of Washington
  • Jen Wong
    Guerilla Science
  • Sam Mejias
    London School of Economics
  • Mark  Rosin  square
    Pratt Institute
  • Citation

    Publication Name: Leonardo


    Funding Program: Science Learning +
    Award Number: 1647150
    Funding Amount: $1,952,296
    Wellcome Trust
    Resource Type: Research Products
    Discipline: Art, music, and theater | Education and learning science | General STEM
    Audience: General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Learning Researchers
    Environment Type: Public Programs | Public Events and Festivals

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