The STEAM Faculty Learning Community from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is exploring teaching at the intersection of the STEM disciplines and the art disciplines. You are invited to join in by participating in one or both sessions of a mini workshop, including a hands on experience led by Rebecca Kamen.
You’ll also have an opportunity to mentor students as a way to engage their critical thinking skills and as a way to add innovation to your teaching practice.
Workshop: “Art for Science or Science for Art?” and a plenary session and discussion on art in STEM education.
This first opportunity will feature Key Note speaker Ilya Temkin followed by small discussion group sessions and the exploration of a special projects 299 STEAM course for students. Workshop
participants will learn about college-wide initiatives both at NOVA and at other schools to integrate art into the STEM disciplines. Questions like “can art be used to illustrate science” or “should art
only be considered art if it pushes the boundaries of understanding” will be answered.
“Your Creative Mind”
This second opportunity, led by a prestigious artist and retired NOVA faculty member, encourages participants to explore their own creative minds. Through art and play, participants will brainstorm a science concept that they will teach through a creative medium. The creativity of art will deepen the understanding of a science concept and improve critical thinking skills.
And there’s more.
You may also want to mentor students who will enroll in an Honors Special Projects 299 course, a 16-week, two-credit course in which students work with two volunteer faculty members in disciplines of their choice. This is an amazing opportunity to broaden your teaching practice while learning an amazing amount about STEAM and interdisciplinary pedagogy.
Both full- and part-time faculty are encouraged to participate in either one or both of these sessions.