ANNOUNCING: Art in STEAM Product Launch!

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Art in Action (AiA) and The Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP), are thrilled to announce our partnership with the launch of a new Art in Action lesson line, Art in STEAM. This exciting new curriculum line launched on May 1, 2021.

Art in STEAM consists of four K-1 lessons that focus on the STEM concepts of geometric shapes, the relationship of the Earth and Moon, protection systems in extreme weather, and what all living things need to survive. These lessons also demonstrate how artists apply these concepts in unique visual forms like stained glass, paintings, and drawings. Students then create art that allows them to apply the knowledge gained from the lesson, while also allowing room for creativity and imagination to flourish.

The STEAM lessons center around STEM topics that align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Using art as a vehicle, this program will teach students STEM concepts through the creative medium of visual art, also aligning with the National Visual Art Standards. Art benefits the creative and visual learning methods in elementary-age students. AiA’s curriculum has always excelled at teaching students the concepts of visual education. Art in STEAM takes it one step further, applying the concepts of STEM using art as an educational vehicle, engaging students in a multi-disciplinary program to meet the changing needs of the modern world.

Each lesson contains a STEAM explainer video, step-by-step project video, art concepts, discussion questions, and sample artwork. In addition to online curriculum, we will also be offering various accompanying materials options, including materials for use in the classroom, afterschool, or for learning at home.

In order to produce these lessons, JLPA•MP, through grant support, funded a lesson development program with middle school students in East Palo Alto at Aspire Phoenix Academy. At this Title 1 school, AiA staff worked with a select group of 8th grade girls interested in STEM. The students were taught about the process of lesson development and how to do research when writing curriculum. In addition to the lesson development, the students were provided with a speaker series which featured talks from women in various STEM fields. This aspect of the partnership is continuing with a new mentorship program with WOMBAT girls, an extracurricular program at Menlo Atherton High School. This group will be researching and helping to design a new 2nd grade STEAM lesson in anticipation of our next product launch in Spring 2022, as well as participating in an ongoing speaker series.

A valued component of this product launch was presenting these lessons to students, teachers, and docents. Art in Action, and JLPA•MP, treasure our opportunities to work within our community. We are thankful for the opportunity to test these lessons with several classrooms in the Bay Area. Teachers and School Coordinators read through the curriculum and taught each lesson to their students. Lessons were presented in both a classroom and distance learning environment. This presented challenges, yet provided us excellent feedback from both children and adults. Art in Action thanks our docents, as well as the kindergarten and first grade students, who supported us at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and Henry Ford Elementary in Redwood City, as well as Laurel Elementary, and College Park Elementary in San Mateo. The evaluation we received granted us an essential view into the final product. Thanks to the generous support of JLPA•MP we were able to provide these classrooms with the products they needed to complete the lessons.

We are so excited for the ongoing partnership between our organizations and look forward to the positive impact this programming will have on our community locally, as well as on a national scale.

 

Reach out today to sales@artinactio.org to bring Art in STEAM to your school! Interested in volunteering or donating to further STEAM education projects? Contact info@artinaction.org for more.