With many events canceled due to the pandemic, two very important programs continued last fall: Saturday Science Quest for Kids and Saturday Art School at the IU School of Education. The programs took place over six Saturdays, mixing in-person and online classes as needed and allowing children in grades K-6 to learn from School of Education students – and each other.
Saturday Science gave children the opportunities to take a deep dive into science topics and formulate questions, do hands-on science experiments, and act like scientists and engineers through lessons on water systems, weather and climate and force and motion, among others.
Saturday Art classes, coordinated by Lara Lackey, Associate Professor of Art Education, explored lessons around the theme “Connections,” with classes that were inspired by artists representing diverse populations. Students began with about 10 minutes of free sketchbook drawing, then would move to a story or artworks to talk about, providing information about the subject, instruction about design concepts and inspiration for ideas. A demonstration of materials and techniques and time when children could explore the materials would follow, with an open-ended art activity and sharing session ending the class.