STEAM – Winston Salem
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July is recognized as National Anti-boredom month. Forsyth County’s 4-H has the answer: constant curiosity. The foundation of 4-H loves to learn and wonder at the world around us through a “learn by doing” model. Forsyth County’s 4-H has been busy hosting STEAM camps and perhaps you attended one of these opportunities.
Often in our program, we discuss possible careers as it relates to project-based learning themes. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) subjects are languages that don’t exist independently and often they intersect with one another. Below are some examples of the intersectionality of languages exemplified in our recent camps that youth were able to explore:
- LEGO Robotics featured the intersection of coding language, engineering and dance.
- STEAM Art featured the intersection of the recognition of patterns in landscape painting, code making and bot behavior.
- STEAM Art featured the intersection of simple machines (aka levers) with sculpture.
- Acres of Adventure featured the agricultural intersections of the scientific method, paper making, entrepreneurship and farm science.
STEAM is utilized in our everyday lives that we may knowingly or unknowingly use. If you or your group are open to investigating STEAM opportunities, check out some of these resources:
- Research North Carolina natives in STEM and learn their story and contributions to our communities.
- Explore different careers and majors related to STEM. Don’t forget to think about how the languages of STEAM can intersect. If a student is interested in art they may consider combing the languages of geometry and design into a career as a 3D modeler for video games or scientific or medical imaging. If a student is interested in building, look no further than the recently launched James Webb Telescope. The team at NASA used the languages of engineering, origami and geometry to construct the satellite mirror and just like it replaced Hubble Telescope, there will need to be a replacement telescope.
- Encourage your friends and neighbors to fight boredom and investigate how they might use the languages of STEAM to benefit their Forsyth County neighbors and their future.
Forsyth County 4-H provides programming in these languages of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Even though Summer Fun programming is almost over, the learning never stops. There are still some programs available for the summer and the fall will be a new season to wonder. If you are interested in learning more about how to get your child involved with 4-H, contact the local 4-H office.
Dr. Monique Brady, 336-703-2856, firstname.lastname@example.org
April Bowman, 336-703-2855, email@example.com
Jeffrey Cates, 336-703-2859, firstname.lastname@example.org