Putting the A in STEAM has become a particular passion for me, and I’m always looking for opportunities to fuse the arts and STEM. As we look to close the gender gap, it is important to incorporate fine arts into STEAM learning to get more girls involved. Also, gamification mixed with STEAM and the arts ropes in certain students who may not be motivated in traditional methods. Composing music using a unique platform like Minecraft allows students to work with something they are passionate about while learning the core skills of creating original pieces of music.
Teacher Betty Lin and I worked with another teacher, Samuel Wright, who has been using Minecraft in his music classes for quite awhile. Collaborating on a project with another teacher living in Austria has been a great opportunity professionally for both of us!