Posts Tagged ‘STEAM’

When browsing the stacks for primary literature about drawing and learning, we usually read articles written by faculty who study these topics. The voices of students participating in these studies are seldom heard. There might be a quote here or there and examples of student work, but that’s it.

Today I am happy to bring attention to an article that changes this. In the current issue of The STEAM Journal sixth-grade student Rudaba R. Hasan writes about the importance of visualizing science in Visualizing a Plant Cell. In this article about using art to learn about science, we learn how Hasan and fellow sixth-grade students turned an assignment to draw plant and animal cells into an engaging infographic using color, lively characters and informative text.

Learn more about this project by reading Visualizing a Plant Cell, now available online on the journal’s website.

Literature Cited

Hasan, Rudaba R. (2016). Visualizing a Plant Cell. The STEAM Journal. Vol.2: Iss. 2, Article 33. DOI: 10.5642/steam.20160202.33. Retrieved from http://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol2/iss2/33

About The STEAM Journal

The STEAM Journal is an international transdisciplinary peer-reviewed open access online journal focused on the relationship between art and science. Learn More

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The Chelsea Physic Garden invites you to join them for Family Activity Days. Learn about chocolate, Shakespearean herbology, art, flight, garden photography and more. Family activities scheduled for 2016 are for participants age 7 and older, unless otherwise specified.

Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > England:

    Chocolate Tuesday
    May 31 and August 16
    10:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Investigate the history, geography and science of chocolate. Craft activities, a Garden tour, chocolate tasting and chocolate making too.

    Potions and Poison: Shakespearean Herbology

    Thursdays, April 7, August 18, October 28
    10:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Learn about the world of apothecaries through a Shakespearean lens. The Chelsea Physic Garden partners with Studio Cultivate to create new experiences for families.

    Spectacular Seeds

    Tuesday, March 29
    10:30 am – 2:30 pm
    Learn about seeds, make seed art and eat seeds too!

    Water World

    Wednesday, March 30
    10:30 am – 2:30 pm
    Learn about water through art, meteorology, physics and botany. Participants will make a wall fountain, rain gauge, water drop microscope and mini aquatic ecosystem.

    Puppetry in Motion

    Thursday, March 31
    10:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Design garden-inspired creatures with artist Hyunjung Choi.

    Animal Encounters

    Tuesday, April 5 or Wednesday, October 26
    10:30 am – Noon or 1:00 – 2:30 pm
    Children ages 4+ will learn about animals and their habitats and have the opportunity to hold the animals.

    Art of the Garden

    Create garden-inspired art and craft projects. Print, paint, sketch and build! Schedule options for this session are:
    Ages 4+, Wednesday, April 6, 10:30-Noon or 1:00-2:30 pm
    Ages 6+, Tuesday, October 25, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

    Marvelous Masks

    Wednesday, June 1
    10:30 am – 2:30 pm
    Learn about masks from around the world and then make your mask using materials found in the Garden.

    Thinking with Your Nose: An Introduction to Plant Perfumes

    Thursday, June 2, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
    Participants ages 11+ will learn about perfumery and how how to make their own perfumes.

    A Passion for Plants: Gardening for Beginners

    Tuesday, August 2
    10:30 – Noon or 1:00-2:30 pm
    Gardeners ages 4 and up will learn how to care for plants and learn how to create garden-inspired gifts.

    The Power of Plants: Ethnobotany for Beginners

    Wednesday, August 3
    10:30 am – 2:30 pm
    Learn about the plants we use everyday. Did you know you will most likely use ten plants before arriving for this session?

    Pulp Fiction: Paper-making, Paper Stixx, Wonderful Wire & More

    Thursday, August 4
    10:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Artist, inventor and designer Darcy Turner will show you how to see paper, metal and wire in new ways. Also, learn how to make your own paper. For ages 6+.

    Garden Safari

    Tuesday, August 9
    10:30 am – 2:30 pm
    More animal encounters, plus explore the Garden’s jungle room, medicinal plants, poisonous plants and vampire plants. For ages 10+.

    Recycled Garden Sculptures

    Sculptor Michelle Reader will show participants ages 8+ how to use everyday items to create sculptures of garden plants and animals.

    Flight Club: An Introduction to Things That Fly

    Thursday, August 11
    10:30 am – 2:30 pm
    Learn about the science and history of flight by studying pollen, seeds, insects, birds and humans. Participants will make flying seeds, kites and paper airplanes. Rocket? Did someone say rocket?!

    Garden Photography

    Photographers ages 7 and up are invited to bring their cameras and smartphones to learn about lighting, composition, texture and form. They will also receive tips about wildlife photography and about how to make plant portraits.

    Animation Station

    Tuesday, August 23
    10;30 am – 3:00 pm
    Professional film-maker Emma Sullivan will lead this workshop for storytellers ages 11+. She will help them create characters and a story inspired by the Garden’s own plants and animals.

    Living Color

    Wednesday, August 24
    10:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Textile artist Lara Hailey will talk about textiles and dyes. Participants age 11+ will make their own dyed creations and plant a garden to take home.


    Learn about the science, folklore, customs and beliefs associated with fir as the Garden marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, the 150th anniversary of the London Brigade and the 50th anniversary of the Chelsea fire station. The Museum of London will lead activities and a fire engine will be onsite.

    Fungi Town: An Introduction to the Weird World of Mushrooms

    Thursday, October 27
    10:30 am – 2:30 pm
    Participants ages 8+ will learn about fungi through tasty treats and mushroom printing and continue their learning at home with their own mini growing kit.

    Sunday Sundays

    Don’t forget the drop-in activities for families scheduled from 12-4 pm on April 10 June 10, August 14 and October 2.

About the Chelsea Physic Garden

Hidden in the heart of London, Chelsea Physic Garden is both a peaceful oasis in the city and a center for learning. It was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1673 for apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants and by the 18th century the Garden was one of the most important centers of botany and plant exchange in the world.

Today the Garden’s features include Europe’s oldest pond rockery, the Cool Fernery, the Garden of Edible & Useful Plants, the Garden of Medicinal Plants and the World Woodland Garden. Its education and outreach program reaches over 5,000 children a year from across London in addition to the program of Family Activity Days and Walks, Talks & Workshops.

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Let’s Celebrate Pi Day!

Share this flyer and post with friends and colleagues.

Share this flyer and post with friends and colleagues.

The Upward Bound Math & Science program and STEM Student Success Center at Moreno Valley College invite you to celebrate Pi Day on March 14, 2015.

The STEM -“U”- LATE Your Mind event will feature STEM-related demonstrations and interactive activities for families and students. Download the color flyer to post it in your classroom, on your refrigerator and to share it with friends. ArtPlantae will host an interactive InterpretPlants activity and is excited to take part in this fun community event about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. See you there!

Moreno Valley College is located at 16130 Lasselle Street in Moreno Valley, near the Lake Perris State Recreation Area (Directions).

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SciTech Conference Ad C_150x600Contributor, Arizona SciTech Festival

Hundreds of Arizona’s business, science and education leaders will gather in Scottsdale for the Second Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference on September 4, 2013. The conference will be held 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts located at 7380 E. Second Street (map). The free, day-long event is open to those wanting to learn more about integrating STEM education into their communities. STEM education, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, is the backbone discipline of Arizona’s new economy.

The Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference will include 16 thought-provoking panel discussions, a keynote address and roughly 50 interactive stations, where collaborating organizations from the Arizona SciTech Festival will demonstrate STEM activities. The conference offers a unique opportunity to network with some of the state’s top STEM professionals, learn best practices in communicating STEM, as well as strategies to engage communities, local schools and businesses.

“The conference is an intersection point for leaders to form partnerships and build upon STEM activities they can implement in their communities during our annual spring festival,” said Jeremy Babendure, Executive Director of the Arizona SciTech Festival. “It offers a platform to engage new collaborators and links content providers with venues throughout the state, which translates into a stronger network and a more impactful Arizona SciTech Festival.”

“A statewide commitment to STEM education is critical to developing an ongoing pipeline of future talent to build and sustain Arizona’s workforce and strengthen its economy,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, who is a panelist at this year’s conference. “Bringing the private and public sectors together in this forum to collaborate and lead on this issue is vital for our state’s success and global competitiveness.”

Conference sponsors include Cox Communications, Challenger Space Center, the City of Scottsdale and EventInterface.

The Kickoff Conference begins with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast mixer. Programming begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 6 p.m. The conference keynote presentation beginning at 3:45 p.m. will feature Geoff Notkin, star of TV’s “Meteorite Men” and Skylab Astronaut Dr. Ed Gibson. Notkin and Gibson will team up to provide unique perspectives on how they’ve worked to make the understanding and appreciation of science part of mainstream living.

Conference Schedule

    7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
    Registration and networking breakfast

    8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Morning sessions and networking

    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Lunch break (enjoy one of dozens of restaurants steps from the conference)

    1:00 – 3:45 p.m.
    Afternoon sessions and networking

    3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
    Keynote address

    4:45 – 6:00 p.m.
    Reception (visit 50 interactive tables hosted by collaborators and partners)

Panel discussions scheduled for the Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference include

  • Festival Events & Best Practices
  • Festival Boons, Barriers and Dreams
  • Finding the Teachable Moment in Your STEM Activity
  • The Maker Movement: Connecting Innovation, STEM and Creativity
  • How to Evaluate Your Festival Event
  • In Schools
  • Supporting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in Arizona
  • How Parents Can Support Their Kids in STEM
  • Student Panel: What Makes Science Exciting for Kids?
  • Bringing Science Festival Events to Your Schools
  • In Society
  • Using TV to Communicate Science
  • Teaching Science through Sports
  • How Do Interdisciplinary Arts Foster Creative Thinking and Discovery?
  • Vision 2020: Sustainability Challenges for Our Future
  • In the Workforce
  • Arizona: Step Up to Meet the Challenges of a Global Economy with STEM
  • Enhancing Business: Educator Relationships with STEM
  • Arizona Cities @ Work: How Cities Can Showcase STEM and Innovation to Their Communities
  • “Balancing Acts: Women Role Models in STEM”

About the Arizona SciTech Festival

The Arizona SciTech Festival is a six-week, statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) held annually in February and March. Through a series of more than 300 expos, workshops, conversations, exhibitions and tours held in diverse neighborhoods throughout the state, the festival excites and informs Arizonans age 3 to 103 how STEM will drive our state. Spearheaded by its Foundational Partners the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Science Center, Arizona Technology Council, Arizona State University, and The University of Arizona, the Arizona SciTech Festival is a grassroots collaboration of more than 350 organizations in industry, academia, arts, civic, community and K-12. Visit azscitechfest.org for more.

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It may be winter, but there is no need to wait for Spring to integrate plants and art in the classroom. All one needs to do is follow the example set by biology teacher Pat Stellflue, art teacher Marie Allen and botany professor D. Timothy Gerber. In their paper Art & Science Grow Together, they explain how they created a project that placed plants and botanical illustration high on the agenda for an entire school year.

In a program they call “Plants, Pots and Paints”, Stellflue et al. (2005) integrated the plant sciences with the arts in their work with fourth and fifth grade students. On the science side, their program addressed plant structure and function, growth stages, survival strategies and reproductive strategies. On the art side, their program focused on different media and art techniques. Key to this program was a pottery project (clay pot construction) and drawing (botanical illustration). The disciplines of botany and art came together in a series of hands-on activities in which growing, drawing, painting and dissecting (Stellflue et al., 2005) were the focus.

Using tulips, crocus, iris and daffodils as their primary study subjects, students learned about growth stages, form, function and drawing while planting and growing spring flowers and illustrating their observations.

After a full year of integrating botany and botanical art, Stellflue et al. (2005) observed that students ended the year with stronger observation skills and an enhanced understanding of plants. This became clear to the authors through the increasingly informative illustrations students created (Stellflue et al., 2005). The authors also observed students taking better care of their plants because they had built the clay pots and drainage trays themselves.

Art & Science Grow Together is available online and can be purchased for 99¢.

Literature Cited

Stellflue, Pat and Marie Allen, D. Timothy Gerber. 2005. Art and science grow together. Science & Children. 43(1): 33-35

Related Information

Resources about bulbs, seeds, plants and schoolyard gardens

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Last year we saw how the West Valley Arts Center in Arizona brought botanical art to the first annual Arizona SciTech Festival.

This year, it could be you!

Event coordinators are accepting applications from Arizonans interested in hosting events during the 2013 Arizona SciTech Festival. This is a great opportunity for those in the arts to demonstrate the value of incorporating art across the curriculum.

The Arizona SciTech Festival is a partnership between Arizona Science Center, Arizona State University, Arizona Technology Council Foundation and the Arizona Commerce Authority. The festival was created to inform Arizonans of all ages about how science, technology and innovation affect their everyday lives and how each will expand their economic future.

The Arizona SciTech Festival has gained a lot of momentum since last year’s launch and event organizers want to involve as many Arizona residents as possible. Festival director Dr. Jeremy Babendure says, “The 2012 inaugural Festival was a great success with over 200 amazing expos, celebrations, exhibitions, discussions, and tours delivered to over 220,000 young people and adults at venues located not only in Greater Phoenix and Tucson, but also in communities such as Casa Grande, Flagstaff and Showlow. We’re calling on all Arizona citizens to help us reach our goal of doubling those numbers by submitting their ideas and spreading the word about the Festival through their networks.”

Become a Collaborator Today!

Although the 2013 Arizona SciTech Festival will take place throughout the state from February 9 – March 17, 2013, all ideas for activities year-round are welcome. A Collaborator Portal on the Arizona SciTech Festival website serves as a place to submit events that are already organized, as well as a repository to match the needs between individuals and organizations that have ideas for content or venues to offer.

Specifically, the Collaborator Portal allows individuals and groups to do the following:

  • Sign-up as an official Collaborator
  • Post an official Arizona SciTech Festival event that will go on the website and program schedule.
  • Post a venue – if you have a location and are looking for content, the Collaborator Portal can help those with content find your location.
  • Post your content – if you have content and are looking for a venue, the site can help match you with those who have locations.

To become an official Collaborator and submit your events or ideas, please visit the portal today. The deadline for posting is November 10, 2012.

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It is the beginning of a new school year. Today I asked Linda Ann Vorobik if she had any advice about how K-12 teachers can make their lesson plans about plants more exciting for students.

Here is her reply

What do you think?

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