Since 2019, the IU School of Education has offered STEAM professional development programs to cohorts of middle school art and STEM teachers from rural schools in Southwest Central Indiana. The ISTEAM project infuses art into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curricula by having teams of teachers explore interdisciplinary connections with the goal of designing and implementing engaging, inquiry-based activities for students. The program utilizes engineering design, art, and music to engage students in creative and innovative pursuits that serve to build robust understandings of core disciplinary concepts and advance student technological and artistic knowledge and skills. Career awareness of disciplines that foster creativity and innovation are highlighted throughout the program such that participating teachers can share STEAM career options with their students. This program is sponsored by the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement.
For Fall 2021, we will be hosting four one-day Saturday ISTEAM workshops at the School of Education at Indiana University, Bloomington. These workshops are ideal for STEM, art, and music teachers interested in working across disciplines to engage their students in creative pursuits while also teaching deeper-level content knowledge. Middle school art, music, math, or science teachers can sign up for one, a few, or all of the workshops. Each workshop will provide participating teachers with classroom materials for hands-on design projects, a $150 stipend, and breakfast and lunch. Each workshop will run from 9AM to 3PM with breakfast starting at 8:30AM. Recruitment priority will be given to teams of middle school art and STEM teachers from rural schools who are interested in participating in more than one workshop, but all middle school teachers are encouraged to apply.
- Saturday September 11th – The Solar Tree Project: Integrating Art and Engineering Design
- Saturday October 23rd – Sewn Circuits: Integrating Creativity and Circuitry
- Saturday November 13th – Engineering Sound: Integrating Science and Music
- Saturday December 11th - Engineering Art: Integrating Art and Science