2022 NV STEAM Conference set for early February

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The Nevada Museum of Art, in partnership with Desert Research Institute’s Science Alive program, will host the 2022 NV STEAM Conference on Feb. 2 and Feb. 5.

The theme for next year’s conference is “Constructing Creativity,” aimed at teaching skills in the classroom that translate to the workforce, according to a Dec. 14 press release.

Keynote presenters include Doreen Gehry Nelson, who will discuss her most recent publication, “Cultivating Creativity” and her Design-Based Learning teaching methodology; and Rebeca Méndez, an artist, designer and founder of Counterforce Lab, who will discuss the intersections of art, design and science.

Attendance is free; go to nvsteam.org to register.

“The Nevada Museum of Art is proud to lead conversations around STEAM education and the intersections of art and design,” Claire Muñoz, Charles N. Mathewson Senior Director of Education at the Nevada Museum of Art, said in a statement. “By continuing to present the NV STEAM conference virtually, we are able to create strong connections with our educators, peers and colleagues across the state and across the disciplines.

“Most importantly, we hope to unite and arm our teachers as with the resources and tools to support critical, creative and interdisciplinary thinking while putting the imagination of tomorrow’s leaders to work.”

Planned workshops include a presentation by Sean Lane of Focus 5, Inc. and a look at the Kennedy Center model of Arts Integration with support from the Smith Center for Performing Arts; Dr. Punya Mishra and Dr. Danah Henriksen will share methodologies for developing creativity and risk-taking in education; Jessica Heim of UCLA’s Center X will explore the Design-Based Learning model; and Stanford’s d.school Initiative will present on new technology integrations in creative classroom practices.

The conference, established in 2015, hosts more than 600 educators from across the Silver State. It’s Nevada’s largest event dedicated to the exploration of ideas and strategies to implement Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math into classroom practices.

The lead sponsor for the 2022 event is Tesla, with additional support from Waste Management and City National Bank.

The conference is also supported by the Nevada Department of Education, Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology, Nevada STEM Advisory Council, and the NV STEAM Subcommittee.


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