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Read the who, what, where, when and why of The Starving Scientist.

About Me

Nice to meet you! My name is Rachel and I have a passion for scientific research and education. My background is in biology and chemistry. Through my work with S.T.E.M and environmental education non-profits, I aim to introduce children and youth to the exciting world of scientific discovery, igniting their creativity and curiosity through hands-on experiments and activities. With The Starving Scientist, I hope to reach a wider audience and to serve as a resource for other educators looking for new, exciting, messy, creative and FUN experiments to share with their students.

About The Starving Scientist

The Starving Scientist is a blog devoted to S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) education. STEAM education incorporates art into the STEM model. Research, engineering, painting, drawing and designing all require creativity, innovation and problem-solving. The creative arts–music, painting, sculpting, photography–are all governed by scientific and mathematical principles and can be described by these principles. As well, it is an understanding of design and creative principles governing inventors, engineers and scientists.

This blog features hands-on STEAM activities, instances of science and art working together in the real world and other STEAM content I hope you can use in your classroom or at home. I invite you to use The Starving Scientist as a resource to support your current STEAM (or STEM) program, or to help you develop a STEAM program.

Tell Me More About S.T.E.A.M.

STEAM education incorporates art into the widely-accepted STEM model. It was first developed at the Rhode Island School of Design. You can read more about their championing of STEAM at stemtosteam.org.

I personally was introduced to the STEAM idea while working with a science museum. I loved the idea of incorporating art into STEM education and began designing activities to fit this model and developing STEAM programs for other organizations. I have met critics of STEAM along the way who believe there is no room for art in the sciences. My favorite anecdote to share with them is about the early biologists who were also required to study art to ensure they could accurately depict and record what they were observing in the field and under the microscope. With the content of this blog, I will bring to light other real-life examples of art, science and math working together.

Why “The Starving Scientist?”

The name “The Starving Scientist” is a nod to the romanticized starving artist. By alluding to the starving artist, “The Starving Scientist” symbolizes the incorporation of art into STEM education.

Let’s Chat! Please contact me at starving.science@gmail.com.

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