Leonardo da Vinci was an enlightened artist and a brilliant engineer. Samuel Morse, of telegraph and Morse code fame, spent much of his life as a painter. Einstein played the violin for seven decades and used it when he became stuck in his thinking process. According to a National Science Foundation workshop on the Creative Arts there are multiple points of likely connection between the arts and language, math, and science education.
Music is believed to enhance math and language skills, particularly in young children. The music curriculum FAST will use is the Quavers Beyond Marvelous Music Curriculum®. It contains STEM integrated components such as how sound works and how instruments produce sounds.
For the students of FAST art education gives them valuable experience in drawing, providing visual spatial relationship skills, and the opportunity to experience trial and error in a different and more comfortable way. It may sound counter-intuitive, but children need to learn how to fail, how to re-think the process and try again. Art education provides more of those opportunities in a low-stress environment. Finally, it is part of FAST’s mission to develop children to be creative problem solvers and innovators – the creativity fostered in the arts will extend into creativity in math, science and engineering.