AI and STEAM
By Reneé Medina
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There is no doubt that artificial intelligence has changed the way that people view the world. Frequent technological advancements change the structure of society and how humans process and learn information.
This is especially true in education, particularly after the emergence of COVID-19. During this time, educators were forced to change their curriculum to have it cater to online learning environments, something that was relatively new for students and teachers. As a result, there has been a major shift in the way students learn and process information.
Whether it’s exploring energy’s ability to cause motion or create change, developing tests and prototypes as part of a design process, or designing solutions to problems, AI is a more practical way for students to learn more in-depth about STEAM. It embodies every aspect of AI in each subject, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
For example, AI is used when students learn subjects such as linear algebra, calculus, probability and even computer programming through machine learning which is a part of AI. An article by gostudent.org states, “Math goes hand in hand with the development of STEM. Without math, AI wouldn’t exist at its core. That’s why learning math has become such an important part of life.” STEM does not incorporate the arts though it is still part of various school curriculums.
Even in the arts, AI can be used to generate artwork through machine algorithms. InterestingEngineering.com said, “AI can also help with various aspects of the creative process, such as generating color palettes, suggesting compositions, or even creating rough sketches based on a set of parameters…In general, making art with AI is an iterative and experimental process that involves exploring the capabilities of different AI tools and techniques and incorporating them into your creative process.”
In addition, learning STEAM can build a student’s knowledge of artificial intelligence. Rentonprep.org states, “A well-rounded STEAM curriculum can also develop computational thinking, a cornerstone of computer science. This way of thinking can help students with problem-solving in a structured and logical manner. STEAM also helps students with techniques such as backtracking, pipelining, and heuristics. Including Artificial intelligence in the STEAM curriculum also drives the modernization of science, mirroring modern scientific practices”
As a result, the modernization of technology helps to give students a well-rounded educational experience while learning STEAM. Artificial intelligence undoubtedly has impacted the way younger generations are making use of innovative software to expand their skills and capabilities.