BioSTEAM Mission

The BioSTEAM mission is to inspire youth to connect to and design with nature, and imagine a better world. We do this through our BioSTEAM projects and curriculum tool which revolve around the work of select artists whose process inherently integrates art, science and technology with a focus on nature. The STEMarts Curriculum Tool is a resource and guide for teachers to integrate BioSTEAM projects into their curriculum designed for middle and high school students.

The STEMarts Curriculum Tool provides an informal and stimulating way for students to develop an understanding of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, math and the arts), with a focus on environmental and humanitarian topics. Exciting discoveries in science are often buried among the headlines, as are diverse ways of understanding nature through the lens of traditional ecological science (native science), arts, humanities and philosophy. We focus on the human-nature relationship and the relationship between nature and technology, asking students to investigate the ethics behind these exciting new technologies and evaluate their impact on nature and the world around them.

The cross-cutting BioSTEAM projects connect across disciplinary boundaries, facilitate interdisciplinary thinking and encourage collaborative learning. All projects are built around the work and process of artists and their unique research and way of knowing which defines the topic to be explored. We collaborate with scientists, philosophers, individual practitioners, non-profit organizations and businesses who are also devoted to the topic and want to share their diverse perspectives and innovative models to inform and inspire youth.

The BioSTEAM Methodology is unique in that it highlights western, indigenous and hispano worldviews that reflect diverse ways of knowing and living in balance with nature. How can this arts-based transdisciplinary approach build empathy and contribute to new micro-models that address humanitarian and ecological challenges?

BioSTEAM is powered by the *STEMarts Lab, a 501c3 non-profit organization in New Mexico. The STEMarts Lab methodology applies the latest science research and technological innovations to arts and education through artist-led interdisciplinary collaborations.

Fasken Foundation, Andy Burns, Tom Greenbaum, Janet and John Mockoviack, Andrea Szekeres, Laurie and Craig Dunn,
Marcia Winter, Rob Nightinggale, Juniper Leherissey, Molly Robertson, Jane Prophet, Donna Karr, Julie Lake