There are numerous books on STEAM, but most are either arts and crafts
project books designed for children or high-level books that can be weighty and
inaccessible for new teachers. As an artist/educator who has taught art and
technology for years, Tim Needles brings a fresh and unique approach to these
topics, focusing on creativity, innovation and collaboration.
This accessible and engaging book offers creative ideas for blending arts and
STEM learning (STEAM). It covers the fundamentals of STEAM, with project ideas
and best practices, while providing insight from educators in the field.
Technologies covered include: coding, robotics, 3D printing, virtual and
augmented reality, photography, video, animation and digital drawing. In
addition, the book addresses several different approaches to bringing STEAM
learning to the next level, such as collaboration, global learning,
project-based learning, makerspaces and social-emotional learning.
• Features a breadth of technology and project possibilities, with project
ideas organized by technology type.
• Explores long-standing concepts that are relevant regardless of specific
advances in technology, providing the pedagogy behind the projects rather than
technology for technology’s sake.
• Offers a highly visual approach, incorporating illustrations by the
• Illustrates concepts through author examples as well as a series of
interviews featuring STEAM professionals and expert teachers.
• Presents topics in a clear, concise manner that's useful for repeated
reading and as a practical resource.
With its friendly style and visual design, the book is a practical guide for
new and emerging educators, and for educators looking for fun and creative ways
to invigorate their STEAM curriculum.
About the Author
Tim Needles is an artist, writer, performer, and educator
from Port Jefferson, New York. He has been teaching art and media at Smithtown
School District in New York for more than twenty years as well as serving as an
adjunct college professor. His work has been featured on NPR, in the New
the Columbus Museum of Art, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Alexandria
Museum of Art, the Katonah Museum of Art, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and
The George Washington University Museum. He is the recipient of the ISTE Technology
in Action Award, the ISTE Arts and Technology Network Creativity Award,
the National Art Educators Association AET Outstanding Teaching Award, and
the Robert Rauschenberg Power of Art Award at the National Gallery of Art. He
has served as a National Geographic Certified Teacher, a PBS Digital Innovator,
and an Adobe Education Leader, as well as a TEDx speaker. He is active on
social media, guest hosting education chats and sharing his thoughts on arts and
education. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram