Keeping aBreast with liberal arts and science through STEAM

In the context of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), our national public educational climate has been uncompromisingly concerned with assessable outcomes in language arts and mathematics (Lee, 2007; Mertler, 2010 & Rubin, 2011). Teachers are very often left to themselves to figure out how to integrate the sciences, social studies, and the arts into the curriculum (Chapman, 2007; Heilig, Cole, & Aguilar, 2010). The integrated unit on breast cancer described here includes biological science and visual art standards and was targeted at high school juniors and seniors. The goal was to make a potentially controversial and taboo subject relatable through an art-science approach