The College of Arts and Sciences and the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education are joining together to give k-12 grade students a one-of- a-kind workshop in Adelphi’s exclusive STEAM@Adelphi lab.
What is STEAM@Adelphi? STEAM is putting the arts into the sciences, and vice versa. The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEM + Art). STEAM@Adelphi is a DIY collaborative learning and making lab where the community gathers to explore, tinker, create, and invent using a variety of tools and materials. Opened in Fall 2016, we have hosted 4 workshops with K-12 schools and their teachers, many of whom are Adelphi alumni! The funds we raise will go to directly supporting K-12 teachers and their students to participate in future workshops with STEAM@Adelphi.
Why STEAM? STEAM@Adelphi provides an alternative, hands-on space in which to explore and experiment in ways that are not often available in a traditional classroom setting. It fosters creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and problem-solving. Adelphi hosts one of the only STEAM labs around. Groups from all over Long Island and the surrounding areas come to campus to participate.
How does it work? STEAM@Adelphi has a variety of materials and tools from laptop computers, 3D printers, and microprocessors to sewing machines, scissors, paint and cardboard. Makers have utilized these resources to prototype and design new products, film a public service announcement and program a robot to move. There are no limits to what makers can create at the STEAM@Adelphi lab!
How do k-12 grade students benefit from STEAM? Nicole McEwan Caradonna ’09 recently brought her class of eighth-graders from Plainedge Middle School in Bethpage, NY to a STEAM@Adelphi workshop. Their assignment was to “create a small kinetic sculpture that makes marks.” Through creative projects like this, she and Dr. Maguire both hope to transform the way students learn, as well as the way they view science, engineering and the arts. Caradonna explained that “solving your own problems is such an important part of life, and the students don’t always get that in the classroom.” The workshop was an opportunity for her students to learn, fail and rebuild toward a particular goal.
What can I do to help? Make a gift today! Many k-12 grade classes can’t afford the costs associated with attending a STEAM@Adelphi workshop. Bus transportation, substitute teachers and workshop supplies can add up quickly. But every gift, no matter the size, gets them closer to this one-of-a-kind experience. So whether you give $10 (that can provide a workshop supply kit for a student) or $250 (that can fund a bus for an entire class), you’re giving students the opportunity to develop the skills they need to be the creative, problem-solving leaders of tomorrow.