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Your Little Picasso Could Become The Next Edison

October 24, 2013

Research from Michigan State shows a link between childhood participation in the arts, and patents generated and businesses launched as adults. Looking at a group of STEM graduates, researchers found that those of the group who owned businesses or had received patents had 8 times more exposure to the arts as kids than the general public. They also found that 93% of STEM grads reported musical training. If they continued the arts into adulthood, they were more likely to become inventors. Exposure to metal work, architecture, and photography also increased entrepreneurial and inventing chances in adulthood. Why? Because art activities facilitate out-of-the-box thinking.

[ Read the Article: Children Who Are Taught An Art May Lead Future Of Innovation ]