Event Details
Event Type:Conference/Workshop
Location:Room 203, Center for Fine Arts, UW-La Crosse
Saturday, November 16, 2013
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Continuing Education
Continuing Education
(608) 785-6504
Title Url:http://www.uwlax.edu/Conted/educatorpd/steam2.html
Organization/Department:UWL Continuing Ed
STEAMworks: Teaching at the Intersection of Art and Science


Scientists and artists have long borrowed from each other in the service of their work. Modeling and illustration inform science texts and natural history exhibits; observation and understanding of the biological world is the foundation of the work of such masters as architect Frank Lloyd Wright and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. 

In the first segment of the workshop, participants will:

  • Explore ideas in plant science and art
  • Utilize representational activities such as botanical illustration; learn how these may be used to understand concepts and model effective strategies to teach them
  • Examine how concepts and thinking strategies are addressed in curricular standards for both disciplines as well as for the Language Arts Common Core

Following in a hands-on learning lab, participants may:

  • Chose from a variety of 2 and 3-D art processes
  • Experiment incorporating science concepts abstractly through these art media

In the culminating event of the day, participants will:

  • Engage in a problem-solving activity by collaborating in a project-based design process
  • Utilize science and art concepts and techniques learned and practiced during the workshop
  • Share their work with the class

Throughout the day, participants will be encouraged exchange best practices and strategies and reflect on implementing the day’s activities in their respective setting.

Who Should Attend:

  • *Middle Level art specialists, classroom teachers, content area and STEM teachers
  • Pre-service teachers who plan certification for Middle Level
  • Higher education instructors who teach in STEM or STEAM fields

*Please note that while the target audience is middle level educators, content may be spiraled up or down for other grade levels.

Presenters: D. Timothy Gerber, Professor, Biology, Lisa Lenarz & Marcia Thompson, Instructors, Art Department, UW-L
Register soon-enrollment limited to 36 participants!  We reserve the right to cancel the program if minimum enrollment of 18 is not reached.

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