STEAM Ambassador Series Episode 4: Courtney Cunningham
Hello viewers! This is the fourth installment of the STEAM Ambassador series, where we take the time to highlight an individual that proudly represents STEAM within their professional career and personal passions. See below for more information on what is STEAM and what is a STEAM Ambassador.
Our March spotlight focuses on Courtney Cunningham, who is a classically trained soprano in addition to a pediatric registered nurse, with experience in critical care and behavioral health. She is currently studying to obtain her Family Nurse Practitioner license (FNP-BC) and Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) certification. In addition to nursing, Courtney is passionate about performing and continues to do so on a weekly basis at New Albany Methodist Church providing worship music”.
See the full interview below!
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What is STEAM? You have probably heard of the acronym STEM before; if not, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It focuses on and promotes teaching students specific skills catered toward the scientific approach. Focusing on STEM initiatives allows the opportunity for certain pragmatic math and science skills to be learned as well as other key skills such as critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and technology literacy for example.
STEAM is a variation of the thought process of STEM, with the key difference focusing on the power of the arts. Therefore, you guessed it – the STEAM acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The “A” in STEAM can be anything artistic, ranging from visual arts, music, and theatre to digital design and creative writing.
STEAM is an educational movement that aims the innovators of tomorrow to become thoughtful, creative collaborators. The belief is that many STEM based initiatives require a foundation of creativity and the power of the arts fuel a thinker to reach their full potential. And by infusing the arts into STEM, students can begin to foster a love for exploration, creativity, and inspired experimental thinking to not only widen their horizons but give them the opportunity to develop key soft skills to support their futures.
So, what is a STEAM Ambassador then? A STEAM Ambassador is someone who currently holds a role within a core STEM based field and embodies a passion for the arts, either professionally as well, or personally. Their arts background has inspired them in their industry and we are excited to hear about their interests, their personal projects, and how they see the connections between the two.