On May 16, MindFuel hosted STEM 2 STEAM as part of NSERC’s National Science Odyssey Week. Welcoming educators, students, and community members, the event explored the place that creativity has in science, technology, engineering and math.
“Being able to bring together engaged community members to talk about STEM education and the arts adds another dimension to real-world learning,” said Cassy Weber, MindFuel CEO. “This event would not have been possible without generous support from NSERC.”
Keynote speaker, Emily Ann Marasco, a Schulich School of Engineering PhD candidate, kicked off the event with insights into how creativity and engineering come together in our everyday lives and what the future may bring.
As part of the expert panel, Dr. Gina Cherkowski, CEO and founder of STEM Learning Lab, shared her perspective from research on how to increase engagement in learning. Two Grade 9 students, Kaitlyn Miller and Umut Emre, from Arbour Lake School, talked about how they brought together science and the arts by building a robot to play a difficult piece of music on the piano. And finally, MindFuel’s manager of education, Caitlin Quarrington, shared interdisciplinary project-based learning activities and digital resources available on Wonderville.org.
A big thank you to Ernest Manning High School for providing a great venue and delicious food.
Feedback given by attendees will be used to create future events. Stay tuned!