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Creative Thinking in STEM
Raphael DiLuzio, USM associate professor of digital art and design, and his academic team, using a grant from the National Science Foundation, are taking creative-thinking processes from the art studio into USM's undergraduate science and technology classrooms.
The team researched and developed teaching modules on creative thinking to introduce to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educators at the university.
The goal is to evaluate the effects on STEM faculty and undergraduates, with the potential for teaching and reinforcing the creative-process across the curriculum at universities, much like writing is taught across disciplines.
Working with USM computer science, math, biology, chemistry and physics faculty, the team first held a week-long workshop on creativity and teaching methods at USM's CI2 Lab.
Also on the team are Kelly Hrenko, assistant professor of art, Jan Piribeck, professor of art, Carl Blue, associate professor of technology, and Clare Congdon, associate professor of computer science.