Catalyst Conversations: A Big Conversation About STEAM

May 6, 2014
Event Types
Talk / Lecture
Guests are seated on small stools around a woman with dark hair and glasses who is leading the lecture inside the gallery space.

Gallery talk as part of Gwenneth Boelens: At Odds at MIT List Visual Arts Center in 2017.

Catalyst Conversations and Cambridge Creativity Commons (with involvement from RISD Nature Lab) are excited to present “A Big Conversation About STEAM”. This program will continue to develop the discourse about STEAM education in Cambridge, now a STEM city, and beyond. The aim is to demonstrate the importance of STEAM in K-12 and higher education, as well as discussing the broader impact and growing interest in STEAM within the larger community, the creative workforce and professional scientists and artists.

Symposium Schedule

4 – 5pm Discussion with K-12 & Higher Ed educators on the application of STEAM in the classroom

  • Welcome: Khari J. Milner, Ed.M., Co-Director, The Agenda for Children
  • Out-of-School-Time Initiative, Learning Partnerships Director, Cambridge Public Schools
  • Kyle Browne, Director, Cambridge Creativity Commons and Ingrid Gustafson Instructional Technology Specialist, Cambridge Public Schools
  • Marlon Orozco, Media Program Director, Community Arts Center
  • STEAM Clubs: RISD/Brown and MIT
  • Nicole Weber, Science in Education Program, Lesley University

5 – 6pm Reception + Networking + Hands-on project

6 – 7pm Discussion between scientists, artists and educators about the broader impact of STEAM in the community and the creative workplace

  • Welcome: Deborah Davidson, Director of Catalyst Conversations
  • Gavin Andrews, Assistant Director for Family, Student and Teacher Programs, Peabody Essex Museum
  • Diane Daily, Education Programs Manager, Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Leila W. Kinney, Executive Director of Arts Initiatives
  • MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)
  • Saeed Arida, Founder and Chief Excitement Officer, NuVu
  • Scott Osterweil, Creative Director, The Education Arcade; Research Director, Comparative Media Studies, MIT

7:00 – 7:30pm Conversations continue + Reception