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Twirl’s Light Play in collaboration with TISA’s new STEAM Lab

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We launched the new STEAM Lab at the Taos School of Integrated Arts with a series of Twirl workshops. Students from grades K-5 participated in Light Play, which allows them to play, explore and make discoveries with light. They learn how it bends, bounces and blends with the help of lenses and mirrors; along with color-combining and shadow play. They investigate what happens to light when it encounters various materials, allowing them to experience scientific concepts through light play. The result is an art project that brings to life the science of light through the creation of shadow puppets for a collaborative classroom mobile.

light-playSTEAM Lab @TISA aims to provide year round programming designed to support and engage TISA’s teachers and students in grades K–8 with culturally sensitive and age-appropriate workshops, activities and technology that combine Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Art as Social Practice. The methodology will be guided by the STEMarts Model which builds on eight years of successful STEM+art curriculum design. The leading innovation is the foundational principle that authentic and meaningful integration of science and art as social practice results in deeper learning, greater student engagement by students in both science and art, and the creative application of science and technology in their lives and in their communities. Activities are always ‘maker focusedʼ and revolve around project-based design challenges delivered by artists, scientists or interdisciplinary guests in collaboration with classroom teachers.

Building from this unique starting point, the instructional design model intentionally connects the STEMarts Learning Model’s four pillars of instructional design to key activities and tools in order to impact student learning and attitudes, while enhancing their self esteem and feeling of purpose in the world.

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Taos High and Taos Academy Join to Project Particles at The Harwood Museum of Art

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Congratulations to all the students that participated in the Projecting Particles STEMarts LAB sponsored by The Harwood Museum of Art Teen Engagement Program, Los Alamos National Laboratory and ATLAS at CERN.

The workshop kicked off with a live virtual tour of the ATLAS control room at CERN led by physicist, Dr. Steven Goldfarb, courtesy of CERN. Students learned about the latest discoveries in particle physics such as the Higgs-Boson particle and how these theories are transforming the way we perceive space and time, and expanding our definition of who we are and where we come from.

Tagtool visualization by student, Boaz Devenyi

They then saw many examples of new media artists working with interactive projections to see how art is beginning to explore these concepts through visualizations. Finally, they  learned to use Tagtool, an iPad app developed by Paseo artist, Markus Dorninger, to express these concepts themselves.

The four students from Taos Academy that led the workshop were stellar and taught me to so much. They created a fun and collaborative environment that engaged and empowered the new students from Taos High. They then worked together as a team to create and deliver a beautiful projection performance for the Lighting of Ledoux. All in four days time.

Special thanks to Juniper Manley and Jayne Schnell for partnering with STEMarts LAB to make this collaboration happen. Thanks as well to lead teachers Carla Chavez, Taos High School and Karin Moulton, Taos Academy, for making this 4-day (28 hour) interdisciplinary workshop occur (partly after school and partly during school hours) so that it can be accessible to students who might not have had access otherwise.

We are looking forward to our next teen-led Projecting Particles LAB at The Harwood in February so stay tuned!

STEMartist: Agnes Chavez

Participating students:

Taos Academy Teen-leads: Boaz Devenyi, Cade Harris, Justis Daniels-Bezout, Haley Rach

Taos High School students: Left to right: Cade Harris, Roberto Martinez, Haley Rach, Agnes Chavez, Brandon Trujillo, Aurelia Chavez, James Young, Justis Daniels-Bezout, Ricardo Trujillo. Missing from photo: Asher Vigil, Aryanna Zarazua and Boaz Devenyi.