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"STEAM Powered"

Written by Paul Sutter on Monday, 17 October 2016. Posted in From The Desk of...The Chief Scientist

Haven't you heard? STEM is old hat, and there's a new game in town. That new game recognizes that science, technology, engineering, and math don't quite encompass the entirety of human endeavors, so it includes an "A" for arts.

STEMA doesn't sound very cool, so fortunately the arts were wisely wedged in between engineering and math, giving us STEAM. Of course, those in the artistic community correctly pointed out that there's more to "art" than just Art, so STEAM isn't really considered an acronym anymore. Just a word that we're going to type in all caps, okay?

Anyway, a few years ago some energetic faculty at OSU created the STEAM Factory. The group is dedicated to facilitating cross-discplinary research and outreach. They even have a space right around the corner from COSI over at 400 W Rich.

I had the privilege of joining the STEAM Factory last year, and that group is my go-to source for any potential partnerships with COSI. Mechanical engineers, visual artists, pathologists, lighting designers, economists. You name it, they've got it. If you're ever curious what we're about, you'll usually find us testing outreach ideas during Franklinton Fridays, so come on over.

About the Author

Paul Sutter

Paul Sutter

Paul Sutter is COSI's Chief Scientist. He is an astrophysicist and offers a wealth of knowledge about our universe. In addition to his COSI position, Paul Sutter is a Cosmological Researcher and Community Outreach Coordinator at The Ohio State University's Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP).