Research from Michigan State shows a link between childhood participation in the arts, and patents generated and businesses launched asadults. Looking at a group of STEM graduates, researchers found that those of the group who owned businesses or had received patents had 8 timesmore 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 activitiesfacilitate out-of-the-box thinking.