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STEAM workshop

STEAM Workshop 2019


Since our opening in 2013, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics) has been at the foundation of our efforts to inspire transdisciplinary research and discovery connecting technology and communities. We believe the framework of STEAM offers the greatest potential for advancing learning at all levels. But at ExCITe, STEAM is more than education. It’s the belief that the creativity and “maker” spirit that is common to both the Arts & Design and the STEM fields provides a relentless source of inspiration and innovation. Most importantly, the convening of diverse perspectives spanning STEM and the Arts offers unique opportunities to share ideas, form new connections, and sow the seeds of transformation. 

The fifth annual STEAM Education Workshop will take place on February 18, 2019 at the ExCITe Center. Programming this year highlights inclusive making. There will be a variety of case study speakers including Dr. Michelle Rogers, Dr. Ayanna Allen-Handy, Dr. Raja Schaar, and Dr. Vallerie Ifill speaking to their work with the "Black Girls STEAMing through Dance" project,  Michael O'Bryan from the Village of Arts and Humanities, Lisa Shaffren from the Crefeld School, Dr. Chris Wright from Drexel University, Adam Durant from FirstHand, as well as our keynote speaker, Dr. Shirin Vossoughi.

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Updated Headshot Shirin Vossoughi is an assistant professor of Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, where she draws on ethnographic and interactional methods to study the social, cultural, historical, political, and ethical dimensions of learning. Vossoughi’s research centers on hybrid learning environments that blend formal and informal elements and support young people to engage in sophisticated forms of disciplinary thinking while questioning and expanding disciplinary boundaries. As the daughter of Iranian immigrants, she is also personally invested in the development and study of educational settings for youth from migrant, immigrant, and diasporic backgrounds. Vossoughi is currently studying embodied learning in after-school tinkering/making programs, as well as the role of feedback on writing in the context of political education. She takes a collaborative approach to research, partnering with educators and students to study the conditions that foster educational dignity and possibility.