STEM and Dance go together? How?!
Posted on April 18, 2012 in Informational
Dance teaches girls that their body is a powerful tool, and that through hard work, creativity, and persistence they can achieve more than they ever thought possible. More tangibly, dance choreography teaches them how to synthesize, experiment, evaluate, and implement. And these 21st century skills are essential for employment in the American economy. Not convinced yet? Here are a few more advantages:
“When solving mathematical problems, students who report a high level of self-efficacy will likely expend greater effort, attention, and perseverance, especially when problems are difficult” (Journal for Educational Research, 2004). Dance builds confidence and positive self-concepts, pushing students who may feel marginalized in a classroom to take more risks.
Modern technology places abstract representations front and center. Both dance and STEM education inherently emphasize and cultivate symbolic interpretation and manipulation.
Motivation and enjoyment are crucial – the dance component also serves as a fun motivator, while the academic component sets a rigorous standard of excellence.