STEAM Ahead: 2022 STEM and Arts Education Presentations
CAPE and Park Forest – Chicago Heights School District 163 STEAM teachers and educational consultants were thrilled to share their partnership at a national and a state conference this year. Teachers from the district and the consultants they’ve worked with over the past four years presented at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference on July 21, 2022, and at the Illinois Association of Title 1 Directors (IATD) Conference on September 19, 2022.
Why present art at a science conference? STEAM Ahead integrates arts with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Using CAPE’s collaborative teaching model, teachers and teaching artists worked together to create innovative units for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
STEAM Ahead Consultants Jenna Senai, Jerry Stefl, and Patty Whitehouse shared a Science and Art practices card sort with science teachers from across the US, where they concluded that Arts and Science practices are quite similar! Title 1 teachers and directors sorted the cards and came up with the same conclusion.
Conference participants also got to build a tower that required them to use STEAM concepts.
STEAM Ahead liaison Cheryl Munch and teachers Lori Mitchell and Andrea Mele enthusiastically shared some of the activities they created, highlighting the excited responses from students.
Images of STEAM Ahead students and their work were integral to the presentation.