(WFRV) GREEN BAY, Wis. - A series at the Neville Public Museum aims to put a little STEAM into the STEM education engine. The unique program is adding an "A" for the arts and is engaging the community to spark a creative economy.
The four-part STEAM Engine Green Bay series continues Tuesday night at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of compelling conversation.
Director of STEAM Engine Kent Hutchison joined Local 5's Brittany Falkers on Local 5 This Morning Monday for a preview of the series final two events of the year.
The STEAM Engine is an interactive event that assists and showcases idea makers in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics in order to improve our creative economy, foster community discussion, and expand our collective knowledge.
"The event was developed to highlight the amazing people and ideas relating to the STEAM (Science technology engineering the arts and math) disciplines in the Fox Valley. Learning about STEAM is very important. Developing a social comprehension of the STEAM disciplines connects us to the international creative economy, strengthens our common knowledge, and prepares our youth for a dynamic secondary educational system and job force," Hutchison said.
The addition of A to the traditional acronym STEM is something that is being recognized internationally, according to Hutchison.
"This change recognizes the very important role that Art and more broadly, the humanities, plays in dynamic problem solving and solution making. Teams of STEM individuals working together to solve problems have learned that when an artist is on their team they are more effective. This is because artists provide a very important product: non-traditional approaches to traditional problems," he said.
The STEAM Engine event has two components. It starts out with four presenters each followed by a Q and A with the audience. This is intended to jumpstart some interactive conversation that can be continued in the second component of the evening, the social networking hour.
This is the opportunity for the audience members to interact directly with the speakers and to network with each other. This portion of the evening takes place in the mezzanine and will be encouraged by soda, beer, and popcorn.
"The intention of the STEAM Engine is not only to educate the audience but to help the presenters reach fruition in their pursuits. The STEAM Engine is an interactive event held at the Neville Museum that assists and showcases idea makers in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the art, and mathematics in order to improve our creative economy, foster community discussion, and expand our collective knowledge," Hutchison said.
If you have an idea that you want to share, or if you're looking forward to the next STEAM event please visit SteamEngineGB.com for all the details.
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