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What do Art and Science Have in Common?

You’ve probably seen the abbreviation ‘STEM’ floating around (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). But those subjects don’t leave room for creativity, right? Well, more recently people have been combining the two and talking about ‘STEAM’: ‘A’ meaning ‘Arts’!

It might seem odd to pair logic with creativity…but we’re committed to combining the two here at Minilab. Having diverse interests can be beneficial for kids, producing the multi-faceted artists and scientists of the future! Here are some of the ways art and science overlap, and how to encourage the curiosity…

Artie’s Magic Pencil, where curious kids join the dots to solve problems.

Creative Thinking

Firstly, both art and science require kids to think outside the box. They might need to challenge an idea that already exists, or come up with something new. For art, it might be a plain piece of paper they need to fill. In science, it might be an equation that needs balancing. Why not try bringing art and science together at home? From the popular slime-making to simply mixing paints, mixing and watching states and colours change is a simple way to let the kids be creative while learning. And don’t forget the ‘T’ in STEAM too – a colourful coding kit will unite creative problem solving with maths!

STEAM Astro Cat
Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System, where kids can explore the planets freely.

Exploration, and Trial and Error

Both artists and scientists face mistakes – it’s all about working towards a solution. And it’s simple to keep children’s natural ability to try and try again strong at home – introduce new media and materials to create art with, or mix new ingredients into your cooking and see what chemical reactions occur (hopefully delicious ones!).

Artie’s World, where Artie explores his hometown, and draws mystery presents for the villagers.

Questions

Finally, and most importantly, art and science are both about asking questions. To kids, artists, and scientists, the unknown is just an opportunity to learn something new. At home, you might challenge the unknown with team quizzes, or even a blind tasting test.

The nature of Minilab Studios is a mixture of art and the sciences. We grew out of comic publisher Nobrow and children’s book publisher Flying Eye Books. Our work comes from amazing illustrators, working alongside developers to produce apps about astronomy, drawing and more. In Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System, kids are free to explore the solar system’s planets and moons in any order. They can try a jetpack challenge straight away, and go back to read more if they make mistakes. Or, they can read every last bit of information, then ace the challenge first time! While playing, you might discuss how making a mistake is just another way of learning.

How do you combine art with science at home?

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