Ryan Lewis, our Director of Research and Evaluation, is being featured on Google's "Policy by the Numbers" blog. The piece is about the importance of including the arts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education - turning "STEM" into "STEAM."
Here's an excerpt, full link below.
"On any given day at an 826 center, you might find a student inventing and writing species descriptions for mythical creatures, working with a tutor to research and write a report on how robots work, or interviewing a professional scientist for a student-authored publication. We believe that whether a child will go on to be the next Ernest Hemingway or Ernest Rutherford, a wily imagination, honed creativity, and strong ability to communicate one’s ideas are essential to future success."