The Power of STEAM, Art + Science =Progress
The KASD Education Foundation provides financial support to an event titled “The Power of STEAM, Art + Science =Progress.” This year’s event was full of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM)!
The event started with the judging of all the 5th grade scientists and their presentations, totaling 16 presentations in all. The Middle School Jazz Band performed during the evening under direction by Carl Zeplin; KASMA fed attendees in the food court.
The Exhibits were as follows:
- Future City w/ Mr. Aaron Ashman
- KMS Science Olympiad and Boyle’s Beasts w/ Mr. Bernie Boyle
- Girls Who Code w/ Dr. Scott Hand and Cassandra Friehauf
- Family Consumer Science w/ Mrs. Carol Schulley
- Kutztown Chapter of National FFA w/ Mrs. Celeste Ball & Pres. Ayla Blatt
- Technology Education w/ Mr. Zach Rudy
- Art Education Program w/ Ms. Kris Tuerk
A year ago, Art Teacher, Kris Tuerk, asked whether the former Science and Technology Fair (STEM) could be taken to the next level, turning it into a STEAM Festival. The arts were incorporated into the program with an opportunity to offer an all-school Art Show. Beyond having samples of student work, STEAM solidifies the interconnectedness of all disciplines.
The idea of integrating Math and Art was enhanced by creating a fully written and illustrated Accordion Book by each 8th grade student. In the art curriculum, bookmaking provided students the ability to be engaged in storytelling to articulate the content, construct through design, examine visual and spatial learning while creating a choice based product.
Students studied in their math class an understanding of geometric transformations and how they relate to the real world. Taking the four transformation theories of rotation, reflection, dilation and translation, students built an accordion book with 14 pages to graph, write definitions of that theory and then illustrate it in their own style.
Guest speaker and 8th grade math teacher, Mrs. Sue Neumann, helped to solidify our understanding and with comprehension, students were able to use any art mediums. Collage, painting, colored pencil, tissue paper painting, marker and pen and ink were just some of the techniques used to illustrate their theories in a way that made the content understandable to the maker. The iPad was also utilized to enhance their research skills to find these theories in visual form in the real world.
Awardees in the 2017 STEAM event included, in the individual category: Jordan Keller, 3rd place; Elise Sica, 2nd place, Emily Bray, 1st place. In the group category: awardees were Will and Kendall Devall, 3rd place; Jonathan Massie, Otis Engel and TJ Sherrer, 2nd place; Annabel Pfeiler-Wunder and Karis Herrlin, 1st place. The KASD Education Board of Directors is proud of these students and all participants in STEAM 2017 for all that was done and learned!