Advancing STEM Through
Culturally Situated Arts-Based
Culturally situated arts-based
learning merges successful
methods which can be deployed
in a variety of informal learning
contexts to enhance
interest, motivation and learning
Culturally situated learning
integrates cultural art and design
into STEM. Culturally Situated
Design Tools (CSDTs) allow
students to create simulations of
cultural artifacts using underlying
Arts-based learning fosters the
teaching of STEM through the
arts, as an outlet for students to
express their knowledge and
creativity, allowing them to tap
into their intrinsic learning styles.
Digital media and learning
investigates the intricate
dynamics of young peoples'
social and recreational use of
digital media. This includes the
use of mobile devices.
• What role does culture (art, design, heritage)
play in STEM?
• In what ways are the arts and crafts enhanced
by an understanding of STEM?
• How can culturally situated arts-based learning
(CSABL) bridge the gap between formal and
• What are some challenges for educators who
want to integrate CSABL?
In response to these questions
participants are asked to prepare
and submit one-page projections
of their ideas and/or 2-3 images
of their artwork.
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