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Daily Archives: June 2, 2021

STEMarts International

Why International?

The COVID pandemic has deeply affected our educational institutions and how we relate to each other. Students and teachers have been required to work/study from home in isolation which created an urgent need for innovative ways to interact, teach and learn online. Travel bans and heightened health security measures led to cancellations of international and local field trips, along with opportunities for intercultural exchange. At the same time, COVID has brought to the forefront the need to develop scientific literacy to make informed decisions concerning the impact of science and technology on our every day lives.

It is more urgent than ever for our youth to be informed and inspired to respond to the complex challenges of the 21st century with empathy and humanity. Students need opportunities to develop relationships with other students from diverse geo-cultural backgrounds with more focus on the humanitarian and ecological challenges of our time. This climate is what inspired STEMarts International.

What we do

STEMarts International is an international youth exchange program that facilitates communication and collaboration between youth leaders around the world through the STEMarts Curriculum Tool platform. The goal is to encourage intercultural respect, creative expression and scientific literacy as students collaborate on a sci-art installation that is presented at festivals in the partner country.

How we do it

We connect students in the New Mexico with schools in participating countries through a partnership with U.S. Embassies. Our first partners are the U.S Embassy and Consulate in Portugal and the U.S Consulate of Guadalajara Mexico. More countries will be added as the project evolves.

Students in partner countries participate in workshops, design challenges and collaborations led by artists and interdisciplinary experts.

For the virtual workshops, students are paired with their team in the partner country and meet weekly to work on the hands-on STEAM activities designed for the project. These sessions are facilitated by our trained STEAM Ambassadors who are alumni of the U.S. Youth Ambassador program and STEMarts Lab Alumni. All students communicate and collaborate as ambassadors representing their communities and their countries.

We work closely with the classroom teachers to help guide the students through the various projects we offer. The STEMarts Curriculum Tool will have all the workshop videos and resources to support the students. This project allows students to work from home or classroom. As a culminating event, the students communicate the science they learn by contributing to a sci-art installation that is part of festivals around the world.

Our first STEMarts International project is called Space Messengers, and launches in the Spring 2021.

Students;

  • Develop interpersonal communication and ambassador skills through an international collaboration.
  • Learn about cutting edge science and environmental/space policies to develop scientific literacy.
  • Expand understanding of our connection to nature and the universe to develop environmental stewardship.
  • Create participatory art informed by science and designed to share with your community.
  • Collaborate with students from other countries and develop intercultural understanding and respect.
  • Become part of a collaborative international sci-art installation that will tour the world!
  • Have the opportunity to apply for apprenticeships for STEAM events.

Teachers;

  • Offer an exciting real world activity for your students that is easy to implement and aligned with the standards.
  • Develop partnerships with teachers in different countries to share ideas.
  • Become a certified STEMarts International teacher and receive stipends to participate in more exchanges.

SPRING 2021

Contact us to learn more.

STEMarts Lab + KERNEL X Light Art Festival

STEMarts Lab has partnered with the KERNEL X- Light Art Festival in Monza, Italy, to connect students there with students in New Mexico, to participate in an audiovisual 3D mapping onto the architecture of Residenza Ponte dei Leoni in the city of Monza.

KERNEL X is the first Italian light festival of international interest to take place in Monza. Between June and November 2021, audiovisual 3D mapping shows and interactive, light and sound installations will transform and enhance the historical and cultural context of the city center through an emotional experience capable of involving the interest and participation of a transversal audience.                   

The light festival will also host audiovisual mapping projections developed with the involvement of emerging artists, students of Italian and international academies and elementary and middle school children. Marcello Arosio, Art Director of AreaOden and the Kernel X Festival says, “We’re very excited to connect students from Italy and New Mexico by giving them the opportunity to become the protagonists of a collaborative video mapping show, where they’ll share their own vision of the future through fantasy, color and the freest interpretation of architectural shapes.”

What’s the Challenge?

For this design challenge the teachers from Raiberti plexus of Monza and the teachers of New Mexico schools are invited to engage their students in a simple and fun drawing activity onto a printed diagram of the building’s facade that captures their vision for a sustainable future. The student drawings from both regions are submitted to the video mapping artists in Monza who will produce a creative reinterpretation of Residenza Ponte dei Leoni on July 2 – 11, from 9:30 p.m on a rotating schedule.     

To make this easy for teachers, STEMarts Lab has created an Activity Guide that provides links and resources on how to engage students in “Futures Thinking” to inspire their drawings. Futures Thinking tells us that the future is not something that will happen to you tomorrow but is being created by everyone today. It is a literacy skill like reading and writing that allows people to better understand the role of the future in what they see and do. Futures Thinking is a mindset and we are all Future Imaginers!

Stay tuned for documentation of the final video mapping of student work at the KERNEL X Festival July 2-11, 2021.