This year’s theme – The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival 2016 – responds to the current debate on the essential role of Arts within formal education alongside, and within, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Kate Mason, director of The Big Draw said, “The theme of The Big Draw Festival 2016 invites event organizers to look at the intersection between arts, science, digital technology and enterprise, and represents our support of the campaign to give the arts parity with other subjects so that STEM becomes STEAM.”
It has been announced that more than 200 Hanoi students attending the University have so far joined this year’s competition for illustrators, designers and drawing enthusiasts to visually represent how Art sits alongside STEM subjects, to create STEAM.
The entrants were urged to consider how the universal language of drawing shapes the world around them and how artistic and creative thinking is essential to diverse industries.
For example, how a Physicist may use drawings to communicate scientific and mathematical concepts, how buildings come into being through an Architect’s sketches, or how an engineer might visualize new innovations.
Some of the Hanoi students got involved in a massive 10-metre drawing while others participated in sci-art experimentation in film, live drawing, and music, as well as a live illustration showdown between arts and science students.
The competition is open until April 25 of next year after which the winners will be announced. In addition to exposure around the world, one lucky winner will receive US$300 and a luxury hamper of art materials from sponsors.