As southeastern Minnesota expands with the Destination Medical Center (DMC) and other economic development initiatives, workforce development in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is essential to the success of the region. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). “The objectives of the STEAM movement are to: transform research policy to place art and design at the center of STEM, encourage integration of art and design in K-20 education, and influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation.”
Southeast Service Cooperative is hosting a Maker Day for Educators to provide engaging opportunities to learn about STEAM and explore art and design integration into STEM education. The day will include an interactive opening keynote, a Crash Course on Design Thinking with Dr. Brad Hokanson from the University of Minnesota. Following the keynote, Learning Labs will be provided as break-outs (45 minute) and intensives (90 minute). Learning Lab facilitators will share their expertise and engage participants in learning about STEAM, technical prototyping skills, creative problem-solving, and best practices. Learning Lab session descriptions and schedule will be available in late August. Learning labs may include:
Equipment demonstrations Maker Show and Tell Maker Spaces Hands-on art and design sessions Prototyping Best Practices Successful community collaborations Techniques and Strategies for the classroom
Maker Day Objectives: 1) Support teachers in exploring creativity, art and design within STEM 2) Bring together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science gurus, artists, and industry experts to explore STEM/STEAM in the classroom and community enrichment 3) Explore best practices for STEAM education and managing maker spaces 4) Experience play as learning 5) Connect with organizations, schools, and STEAM resources
Who should attend: K-12 Educators, Gifted and Talented Educators, Curriculum Coordinators, Community Youth Development Coordinators, Librarians, Specialists, and Parents.
Educator and Administrator CEUs available.