The Arts and Technology Program at New Town Elementary is aware that the increase in computational power and the availability of new programming tools such as Scratch can help break down economic and opportunity barriers that previously existed. Computer programming and the creative freedom that it brings can be made available to everyone. We also believe that adding Art to STEM to create the acronym STEAM is vitally important to the success of our youth in today’s educational, cultural and economic systems.
"The study, called Ready to Innovate, demonstrated that more and more companies are looking for skill sets in their new employees that are much more arts/creativity-related than science/math-related. Companies want workers who can brainstorm, problem-solve, collaborate creatively and contribute/communicate new ideas."
"We need both sides of this equation. If we can do this: marry the technical with the creative — we are golden: competitive, innovative, and ahead of the curve. So let’s not forget the “A.”
The objectives for the Arts and Technology courses are to:
- Educate students in the use of arts and technology within the overall spectrum of interactive media, moving beyond basic computer activities to enable young people to achieve fluency in the large spectrum of media design.
- Broaden the opportunities of youth from under represented communities to become designers and inventors of new technologies.
- Advance the understanding of the effective and innovative design of new information, communications and Interactive Arts technologies for informal math and design education.
- Make educational technologies and the concepts underlining those technologies more accessible to larger and more diverse audiences.
- Further the collaboration of students through the use of creative problem solving, collaboration, creativity and sharing.