STEMarts Curriculum Tool

Teacher Tips

This page was designed to assist you in creating a classroom project using the STEMarts Curriculum Tool. It provides resources for you as a teacher/facilitator. To start we suggest that you explore the site to become familiar with all the tools and guidelines available to you and your students. The goal of this project is for your students to discover the Paseo artists exploring new media art, experiment with the science and technology behind the artist's work, and learn how the artist applies this knowledge to the process of creating a participatory installation. Students explore the artist pages and with your assistance select activities in the STEAM wiki that they would like to experiment with individually or as a class. As a facilitator, you can integrate these STEAM activities into your classroom lesson or create your own inspired by the artist's work.

For local teachers participating in the Festival's Youth Day in the Space Cloud, this curriculum tool introduces all the artists that your students will meet in the pavilion. It is designed to deepen their experience by providing a pre-festival resource with hands-on activities related to the artist's work. The students then come prepared with questions and an understanding of the science and technology behind the work.

The STEMarts Methodology has been implemented as part of school workshops, festival youth programming and online curriculum tools since 2009. We used this field-tested methodology to inform the design of the Paseo Project’s STEMarts Curriculum Tool. The chart below provides a visual illustration of the key components that guide all the activities and intended outcomes.

STEMarts Model

Curriculum Components

The curriculum tool has several components to make the STEAM exploration easy and fun. The Artist Page is the heart of the curriculum. All of the content revolves around the Paseo artist and their work. Each Artist Page provides access to the Teacher Tips, Standards, Surveys, STEAM Wikis and the Explore Artist Tool. Below is a brief description for each component.

Artist Page

The Artist Page is designed to highlight the Paseo artist and how their work integrates STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts. Each page contains; photos and a description of the installation that will be presented at the festival; An artist bio and history of past work through videos, articles and interviews; A STEAM wiki which is a collection of links to science research related to the artist's work, inspirational articles or videos, tutorials, and information about the technology related to the artists work. The Artist Page also provides a Quick Tools section with access to Teacher Tips, Standards, and Surveys.

Explore Artist Tool

The Explore Artist Tool provides a step-by-step design process for the STEMarts@PASEO project. The design stages are broken down as follows: Explore examples of the artists work. Research the science and technology that informed the work. Experiment with hands-on activities and tools to better understand how the artist thinks and works. Collaborate with your peers to exchange ideas on what you learned and what you liked. Present something that you write or create that is inspired by your research. This tool can be used as a student-directed activity or the steps can be integrated into a lesson plan as a teacher-directed activity.

STEAM Wikis

The STEAM-Wiki can be found under the Explore Artist Tool on each artist page. There is an open source wiki for each Paseo artist with resources specific to that artist's work. Students will find links with inspirations, research material, STEAM activities and 21st-century tools and tips in the form of articles, images, video clips, and tutorials. Each wiki link has a brief introduction describing the content of the link.

Because this is open source it’s important to ask students to consider the quality of information, the source and if it is effective e.g. were the instructions easy to understand and did it work? Learning to assess information critically and being able to apply what is learned is an important 21st-century skill.

Standards

The Standards page can be accessed from the main menu. It provides standard alignments to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Partnership for 21st Century Standards. You can also access the Standards page directly from the Artist Page which includes any additional standard alignments that are specific to that artist's work. These standards can be used to align this Paseo classroom project with your school curriculum, or just to inspire and inform content and strategies for your lesson plan.

Survey Tools

The Surveys can be accessed from the individual artist pages. They are designed to help us assess the impact of the STEMarts@Paseo Curriculum Tool, the Youth Day in the Space Cloud program and artist workshops. They also evaluate student learning outcomes. The surveys are based on the STEMarts Learning Model Chart Activities and Outcomes chart below. We include pre and post surveys for students, as well as a survey for teachers. We hope that you will participate in these surveys. Your answers and insights will improve the curriculum tool and provide useful information for your school about the impact of the project.