Battelle Seeks To Boost STEM Learning Through Grants

Can STEM learning be taught through instruction in the arts?
Can STEM learning be taught through instruction in the arts?

Battelle today announced that it has awarded $460,000 to several central Ohio organizations that teach young people primarily about the arts. The goal is to engage students to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – STEM – by using different methods. Jeff Wadsworth is president of Battelle.

“We believe that STEM skills are vital for pretty much every category of job. They’re fundamentally important whether you’re a biologist, whether you’re a craftsman, whatever you’re doing you’re going to need those basic skills,” Wadsworth says.

Wadsworth says teaching arts skills offers a connection to STEM learning.

“We think that the arts contain some spectacular ways of teaching STEM,” Wadsworth says.

Recipients of Battelle grants include CATCO and Ballet Met as well as a collaboration between Columbus libraries, the Columbus Museum of Art, COSI, the Wexner Center for the Arts and WOSU.

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