The Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) is happy to announce our STEM to STEAM professional development series. Why STEAM? not STEM? Asheville is centered in an historically rich arts and crafts region of the United States. Adding the arts to science, technology, engineering and math, not only honors our regional roots, and the creative energy needed for the STEM fields to thrive, art is also the best way to encourage diversity in the STEM classroom. AMOS now offers two, one and a half hour workshops, totally a three hour PD event hosted at the museum. In three hours, you will be introduced to the design process, basic circuitry, basic mechanical engineering, and the concepts of problem-based science. Each Workshop must be registered for separately. You can choose to attend one, or both.
Workshop 1: Moving Poetry; Transform STEM to STEAM through Cardboard Automata
Explore materials, structures, and moving systems in this hands on workshop to make working mechanical arts projects. Building automata is a great engineering challenge that scales from child maker to adult in complexity. Participants in this workshop will practice basic geometry, open-ended problem solving, and mechanical engineering in a fun, creative exercise.
Workshop 2: Paper Circuitry; Transform STEM to STEAM through Light up Art
Love making art with paper? Fascinated with electricity? Then this project is perfect for you. Learn the basics of electronic circuits in this project using paper and LED’s. Projects can range from greeting cards, to origami, to traditional art such as paintings or drawings. What makes them unique is the use of traditional fine art techniques to create a circuit that combines aesthetics and functionality.