We are all familiar with the term STEM. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. What was missing was an artistic component. Integrating Art into STEM education is very easy and a natural fit. Research suggests that engaging in creative activities improves critical thinking skills.
Here is an example that I had excellent results with and was very popular with the students. For more ideas and details about the research, I highly recommend STEM to STEAM by David Sousa and Tom Pilecki ISBN 9781452258331.
After taking apart some old computers to learn component level function and troubleshooting, I suggested we build a sculpture out of the disassembled components. The project was well received and fostered creative and collaborative thinking. The students named the finished sculpture “Spock” in honor of Leonard Nimoy.