STEAM Influencer: Jonni Cheatwood

In today’s current art market I can see STEM very clearly. Daniel Arsham uses science to make his work, that gorgeous performance piece with Alexander McQueen and his spray painting robotic arms in 1999 is technology used as art, kinetic sculptures by Chris Burden or Jordan Wolfson is pretty much engineering and you can identify and authenticate a Jackson Pollock by using math and fractals. I see art and STEM being very connected and with the art market changing as fast as technology changes it will be so cool to see what can and will be made, outside of art too 

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Creating Magic at the 2018 ESSA Conference

Recently had the opportunity to be a vendor and presenter at the ESSA conference in Tucson. It was a humbling and fantastic event. We made fabulous connections throughout the state even with students. I was so inspired to see the Joints Art Conference, held the day before, was organized by students and even the breakout sessions were facilitated by students. Breakout sessions were The Importance of Centering Youth Voice, Beyond the Eurocentric Curriculum, Intersectionality and Social Justice Isn’t Just Us.

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STEAM Influencer: Caleb Barclay

I believe STEM is an education model that draws out natural curiosities and styles of learning, which traditional education falls short. STEM parallels life in a safe and affirming environment by placing value on experimentation, lateral thinking, and new ideas. STEM is also an inclusive model for students because it creates new success metric for education (e.g. "Ace a test." vs. "What did I observe and how can I change a state in the world?"). It levels the playing field and gives every student a chance, not just the straight A students.

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STEAM Influencer: Ben Adam

We’re excited to announce another series of interviews with professionals in the STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math) world! Our first profile is with Ben Adam, who currently works as a UX Engineer for GoDaddy in Chandler, AZ. He is a Sun Devil, living in Tempe with 1-year-old twins and wife, Brooke.

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Story Time with The Honey Badger

We can tell kids to do this and don’t do this but sometimes we have to be transparent. We have to be real. I mean have boundaries, please but sometimes real talk helps.

I mean they are so real with us, let’s reciprocate if it helps them see the bigger picture to the gems of the world and life’s journey.

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Education Influencer: Cheryl Rose

STEM education is important because many kids don't have exposure to STEM opportunities outside of school. When I was in high school, I had no idea what an engineer was even though I was one of the top math students in the state. I have pledged to change that for kids, and particularly girls, who might find a career in engineering a fulfilling profession.

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Education Influencer: Tristan Gandolfi

We’d love to introduce you to a dear friend and colleague of ours, Tristan. She has been a huge source of entrepreneurial encouragement and holds a plethora of teaching experience! When we pitched the concept of putting the art in STEM to her, she immediately caught the vision. Thank you Tristan for being a fellow #girlboss and helping us spread the word about STEAM education!

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