“STEAM” our new movement/agency

by nasaaave

While we slept we have another new movement, and or agency? Its named “STEAM”


STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals.


“STEM to STEAM is a RISD-led initiative to add Art and Design to the national agenda of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and research in America. STEM + Art = STEAM. The goal is to foster the true innovation that comes with combining the mind of a scientist or technologist with that of an artist or designer.”

NASA is fully involved with this new program, yet many questions and issues come up regarding the extension of NASA into the arts. NASA has some education interests within its Charter.  NASA has used Hollywood for educating the public regarding missions. Yet now Hollywood seems to be getting richer at the tax payers expense.

While the current Movie from National Geographic on Mars promotes “Space” http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/mars/
One might wonder how much taxpayer funds etc. from NASA have gone into it. On the face of it the Ngeo Mars looks to be a Hollywood money making operation, but you make your own judgements.
Let’s stretch this …what’s next, NASA funding of film schools for more accurate space movies?
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Let’s review this new “STEAM”
STEM + Art and Design
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

See the article (this site) on STEM “ Common Core’s Big Brother STEM”

Preparing for Mars

“Another key consideration was budget. Materials costs totaled approximately $10,000, which is a small fraction of the $1-million+ price tag affixed to actual NASA space suits. Funding from HI-SEAS and a NASARhode Island Space Grant made the project possible and the hard components ­– including the composite torso piece – were made with molds manufactured by a local ship-building company. “

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“In mid April the 2016 RISD Rover Team added to a six-year string of strong performances at the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge, winning two awards and clocking the fastest finish yet for a RISD squad. College teams from around the world participate in the annual competition, designing, constructing and then racing lightweight vehicles capable of managing the tough terrains NASA vehicles navigate on Mars and elsewhere around the galaxy. “


Designing for Deep Space

“RISD’s artists and designers are attempting to answer a question that’s had NASA engineers scratching their heads for decades: how do you make a glove tough enough to withstand the moon’s harsh atmosphere while allowing the hand to move freely? In the Wintersession course Designing Space Gloves for NASA – a studio offered by RISD’s Apparel and Industrial Design departments – students are pairing up to create functional prototypes that can weather the unearthly elements of deep space.  “

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