Science Alive

K-12 Teacher Professional Development and Curriculum

We believe that incorporating arts into our learning practices of STEM, it helps to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups by making STEM more fun, approachable, and creative. Arts integration allows students to learn things in a more open ended way and make them applicable to real life.

Our team has made the push for the inclusion of the arts in STEM and helped form and sit on the Governor’s STEAM Advisory Council’s Integrating Arts & Culture into STEM subcommittee. We also have focused on incorporating STEAM lessons into some of our Green Boxes and started hosting Nevada’s first state-wide STEAM donference for educators with our art community partners.

2020 STEAM Conference
Date: Saturday, February 1st, 2020
Time: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Location: NV Museum of Art, 160 West Liberty Street, Reno, NV 89501
  • In 2020, the NV STEAM conference is focusing on the boundaries in which Art and Technology collide! We will take a deep dive into the ways that artists utilize new technology to change the way the world sees and understands art. 
2019 STEAM Conference
  • In 2019, the NV STEAM Conference considered ways in which historical practices and the influence of technology allow for innovations in STEAM education. Using digital tools, we launched into a new chapter of STEAM education based on interdisciplinary exploration of the natural world.
  • NV STEAM Conference (Reno)
    • Partnership with Nevada Museum of Art, The Smith Center, Nevada Arts Council, The Discovery Museum, TESLA, FIRST Nevada, Sierra Nevada Journeys, Sierra Arts Foundation
    • Keynotes from: Dr. Beth Ratner and Laurel Roth Hope
  • Southern NV STEAM Symposium: Looking Back and Moving Forward (Las Vegas)
    • Partnership with Nevada Museum of Art, The Smith Center, UNLV, The Discovery’s Children Museum, The Discovery Museum, Nevada Arts Council, TESLA, Cirque Du Soleil, MGM, Boyd
    • Keynote from: Ken Goldberg
2018 STEAM Conference
  • A STEAM Teacher Training; Art, Design and Exploration for Creative Innovation (Reno)Partnership with Nevada Museum of Art, The Smith Center, Nevada Arts Council, Sierra Arts Foundation, The Discovery, and the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum
  • Keynote from Dr. Charles M. Falco, an experimental physicist best known for his exploration of the relationship between art, physics and humanity, and Robert Beckmann, a renowned artist best known for his paintings entitled The Body of a House.
2017 STEAM Conference
  •  A STEAM Teacher Training; City Planning, Design, Development and the Human Experience (Reno)
  • Partnership with Nevada Museum of Art, The Smith Center, Nevada Arts Council, Sierra Arts Foundation, The Discovery, and the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum
  • Keynote from Will Peterson, Burning Man co-founder and Bonnie Sherk a landscape architect that created the Living Library
  • Southern Nevada Science Teachers Association Conference- STEAM Education Track
    • Partnership with Nevada Museum of Art, The Smith Center, Nevada Arts Council, Sierra Arts Foundation, The Discovery,and the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum
    • Keynote from Page Hernandez a multidisciplinary artist with is acclaimed as a performer, director, choreographer and playwright.
2016 STEAM Conference
  • Exploring STEAM Education Through Music and the Sound of Science (Vegas)
    • Partnership with the Smith Center of Performing Arts with guests from the Kennedy Center
  • Exploring STEAM Education Through Resilience and Design (Reno)
    • Partnership with Nevada Museum of Art

CONTACT

Mackenzie Peterson
Education Program and Curriculum Development Lead
Mackenzie.Peterson@dri.edu 

LOCATION

Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

DIVISION

Office of Education