Saturday, February 25, 2012

Students build STEAM today at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

TAG students Jonathan, Nicholas and Rachel - STEAM presenters

For his senior thesis TAG student Nicholas Okafor took Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) a step beyond.  He introduced STEAM -- Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math. After being selected to participate in the prestigious Bezos Scholars program where he was exposed to STEAM, Nicholas desired to share this concept of using creativity and art to enhance student learning in the technical arena.

Assembling a team of TAG peers to help, Nicholas welcomed students and parents from other DISD schools to STEAM through Education workshops from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. today.  TAG students facilitated every aspect of the day, including registration, breakout sessions and  lunch. 

In addition to interactive STEAM workshops for students, orientation sessions for parents and educators were planned to parallel student events.

Approximately sixty 9 - 12 grade students came to participate in workshops
exploring science and art to diminish global environmental abuse, as well as one loosely based on a Winston Science and Destination Imagination activity led by students Joy Hill and Andrew Mills.

STEAM participants gather for wrap-up
Educator Scholar Erika Ellis is Nicholas' teacher and advisor. 

Congratulations to Nicholas Okafor and his student team for a successful day of learning and fun at STEAM through Education.

It was good sharing part of this experience today.  Here's wishing all ... 

Full STEAM ahead!!!