the Arts in Engineering
Young Problem Solvers... by Design!

Integration for meaning...
"Less is more!"
"In order to solve problems, engineers must access the creative and imaginative reaches of their mentalities.  In a very real sense, they become "artists" by exploring multiple possibilities, expanding their understanding of those problems, and by using processes in creative and inventive ways."
--Dr. Robert Sabol
Purdue University


Perhaps the most powerful components of the Arts in Engineering experience are the co-creative methods used to assist teachers and staff in the creation of a program that fits their needs. Our team facilitates training with the expectation that most schools/classrooms already have an abundance of materials that are in the everyday environment and can be used to form the activities for the creative engineering activities.  Therefore, any teacher or school developing their K-5 STEM program according to our methods do not need to invest large sums of funding for expensive kits and materials commonly acquired.  This model takes advantage of materials that are most likely already present in the classrooms and storage rooms of the school.

In the event schools have budgets to support STEM education, we recommend that minimal amounts of money be allocated, as the important learning does not come from expensive products, but from using the Process Pathway to resolve authentic problems using materials that are naturally and readily available to the classroom.

"Problem solving is a feature of creative processes.  But it would be wrong to equate creativity only with problem solving.  Creativity can be as much a process of finding problems as solving them."
--Sir Ken Robinson - Out of Our Minds