On Friday 19 June 2015, ArtsEdge hosted a full-day professional learning event at Scitech which brought together teachers, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) educators, artists and arts and cultural organisations to collaborate on the development of practical and engaging classroom activities for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education.The objectives for the event were:
Throughout the day, attendees engaged with professional science, arts and education practitioners and participated in two collaborative workshops. The event agenda can be downloaded here.
The following chapters provide video highlights from each workshop, and copies of general information and resources handed out during activities are available for download.
The following artist ‘spotlights’ were presented during the event.
About the presentation:Geoffrey Drake-Brockman's art practice is characterised by robotic and optical technologies incorporated into large-scale installations and sculptural works that have been exhibited in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Singapore, Denmark, New York, and London. His public art commissions include the robotic sculpture Totem at the Perth Arena, Readwrite at the NEXTDC Data Centre in Malaga, and Spiral at the Western Australian Police Headquarters. Geoffrey studied Computer Science at The University of Western Australia before completing a Master's degree in Visual Arts at Curtin University. During his presentation, Geoffrey provided examples of his work which combines gothic horror themes with the politics of social determination through technology, and commonplace metaphors such as clockwork music boxes, flower-pots (Floribots, image 1-right), doorways, origami shapes, and portrait relief.
Digital Microscopy and Planetarium About the presentation:Using a digital microscope as a camera, attendees made a stop-animation film at 200 times magnification, exploring living things and their specialised functions and adaptations. Moving to the Planetarium, the group viewed a show reel of visualisations created by local Western Australian producers in conjunction with Scitech featuring stunning representations in Astronomy, Biology, and beyond.