BioSTEAM International

Why BioSTEAM?

The COVID pandemic is deeply affecting our educational institutions and how we relate to each other. Students and teachers are required to work/study from home in isolation creating an urgent need for innovative ways to interact, teach and learn online. Travel bans and heightened health security measures are leading 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 connection between the destruction of earth’s natural resources and wildlife diversity and the rise of pandemic diseases. It is not a coincidence that the rise in wildlife-borne diseases has occurred alongside increasing human encroachment on nature and a rapidly changing climate.

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. To this end, 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. With travel restricted, we believe that an innovative mixed reality learning platform with a built-in exchange program that creates opportunities for interpersonal exchange and collaboration across borders can fill this urgent need.

What we do

BioSTEAM International is an international youth exchange program that facilitates communication and collaboration between youth leaders around the world through the BioSTEAM 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 middle and high schools in the U.S 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 a 6-week virtual workshop led by the artists and an interdisciplinary team of instructors/guest speakers meeting once a week for 1.5 hours. The virtual workshop is delivered using green screen interactive technology to introduce and guide them through the project.

Students are paired with their team in the partner country and meet once a week 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 this project. This BioSTEAM 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 to be projected at festivals in host countries. 

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

Students;

    • Develop interpersonal communication and ambassador skills through an international collaboration.
    • Learn how to 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.
    • Learn about cutting edge science and environmental/space policies to develop scientific literacy, expand understanding of our connection to nature and the universe, and develop environmental stewardship.
    • Become part of a collaborative international sci-art installation that will tour the world!

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 part of an international BioSTEAM experience with your students!

 

SPRING 2021

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