So, what is STEAM and what will a student do at a STEAM Powered Science workshop? Glad you asked!!
STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals. The objectives of the STEAM movement are to:
• transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM
• encourage integration of Art + Design in K–20 education
• influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation (Stemtosteam.org)
STEAM is a way to take the benefits of STEM and complete the package by integrating the principles in and through the arts. STEAM takes STEM to the next level: it allows students to connect their learning in these critical areas together with art practices, elements, design principles, and standards to provide the whole pallet of learning at their disposal. STEAM removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation (education.com).
The activities at the STEAM Powered Science workshops will be centered around the traditional elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), but will intentionally add in design elements from art. Sometimes the art element will be as simple and basic as sketching out a design before construction. Sometimes, the sole purpose of the activity will be to create a piece of art using scientific concepts. Most of the time, the design element will be an integral part of the activity or project, as students design, construct, test, and re-design using the parameters of the assigned task.
Unlike our more basic, Drop-In Science workshops, more time will be devoted to building understanding of scientific and technological concepts, integration of mathematics, and teamwork. A student that completes an entire school year of STEAM-Powered workshops will have completed a significant portion of a General Science or Physical Science homeschool class, in fact, these workshops would make a fantastic addition to home studies!!
As always, I will provide documentation for the county homeschool reviews.
STEAM POWERED SCIENCE Workshop Schedule
Meetings are on Wednesdays at Artsy Partsy from 12:45 - 2:15 pm.
September 5-26: Properties of Matter
October 3-24: Light and Optics
November 7-28: Electrical Systems
[December 5 & 12 WOW Workshops only, no regular STEAM classes.]
January 2-23: Forces and Motion
February 6-27: Energy
March 6-27: Sound
April 3-24: Life Science A Body Mechanics
May 1-22: Life Science B Plant LifeSTEAM-Powered Science @ Artsy Partsy!!
(STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
Grades 4 – 8
4-week sessions, $55 per student
Wednesdays from 12:45 – 2:15, beginning Sept. 5th
The STEAM-Powered Science classes will meet on Wednesdays from 12:45 – 2:15, beginning in September. Each four-week session will include lots of hands-on science activities, PLUS each month we’ll include at least one art project. Pre-registration for students in grades 4 – 8 is required, and the cost is $55 per student.
For each session, students will be given a brief lesson pertaining to the topic being studied, then given an opportunity to complete a hands-on activity or project. With 90 minutes per class, we’ll have plenty of time to thoroughly work through the activities as we develop knowledge and skill.
For months where there are five weeks (October, January, and May), we’ll offer a stand-alone WoW Science Workshop on that 5th week. These workshops are designed to just be pure science fun, and since we’ll be at Artsy Partsy, we’ll be sure to add an artistic element to each WoW Workshop!! Cost for stand-alone workshops is $12/student.
As with the Drop-In Science program, we’ll provide attendance letters for use in your homeschool review.