STEAM Stories
Content Creation, Social Media, Branding Strategy | Present

STEAM Stories is a blog featuring interdisciplinary work by today’s makers and thinkers, with specific focus on the cross-pollination of STEAM fields.

Follow STEAM Stories on facebook and twitter!

I interview people about their work and process and publish stories online for the world to see. Some cool stories include:

Lights Up
Chibitronics produces circuit stickers that combine paper craft with electronics.

Playing Doctor with Jerry the Bear
Jerry is an electronic teddy bear that helps kids with Type 1 Diabetes and other chronic conditions learn about and manage their health.

STEAM Spaces Across the U.S.
Exploring some of the coolest spaces that open our minds and unleash our creativity.

An Animated Look at Scientific Illustration
Eleanor is a freelance designer and PhD Biology student who creates animated illustrations of scientific phenomena.

The goals are to spread the word about STEAM, improve communication amongst an international network for interesting work and ideas, and provide online exposure for creative individuals and organizations.

The long-term mission of STEAM Stories is to inspire innovative STEAM curricula in education and ventures in industry.

STEAM Stories is mainly run by me and a small team of awesome volunteers. Interested in helping promote innovation and creativity? Have an interesting story to share? Reach out at steamstories@gmail.com!


KinderSTEAM
Curriculum Development, Project Management | Spring 2015

KinderSTEAM brings STEAM learning to life in K-5 classrooms. It is an exciting partnership between the Jewish Community Day School of RI and the STEAM clubs at Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University that helps college students gain experience in a teaching role and gets elementary school students involved in an interesting workshop outside of their usual curriculum.

In Spring 2015 these workshops culminated in STEAM week, an exciting week of math games, instrument making, optical illusions, animal anatomy, and more.

I worked with fellow RISD student Savannah Barkley to produce the video, my responsibilities including: scheduling, interviewing, copy editing, caption designing, filming, and sound recording.

As you got a peek of in the video, I ran a workshop for STEAM week about animal anatomy and how you can redesign it.

I worked with Melita Morales, the STEAM Coordinator at RISD Nature Lab at the time, to develop the workshop for 4th and 5th graders. If we think of evolution as nature’s way of constantly redesigning animal anatomy over time to optimize them for their environment, we can get creative with it it.

I assigned the kids ecosystems (desert, rainforest, etc.) at random and asked them to create an animal superhero based on the environment. First they researched their environment and learned what animals thrived there, and then they drew and built


STEAM Senior Thesis
Design Research, Curriculum Development | Spring 2015

For my senior thesis, I worked on developing ways to implement STEAM in public K-12 schools through a user-centered research process.

I named my thesis 1 + 1 = Squiggly, symbolizing there is no one right answer.

I named my thesis 1 + 1 = Squiggly, symbolizing there is no one right answer.

I highlighted the STEAM movement amongst other educational (and equally awesome) movements - STEM, maker, and design thinking.

I highlighted the STEAM movement amongst other educational (and equally awesome) movements - STEM, maker, and design thinking.

I identified the need for ethnographic research and a deep understanding of our users early on.

I identified the need for ethnographic research and a deep understanding of our users early on.

I observed a diverse classroom environments in Providence, RI and interviewed various teachers and students.

I observed a diverse classroom environments in Providence, RI and interviewed various teachers and students.

This research determined the design constraints.

This research determined the design constraints.

It’s important to keep in mind that schools are often required to follow national education standards.

It’s important to keep in mind that schools are often required to follow national education standards.

I identified the opportunity area - that new ideas are welcome as long as they fit classroom structures.

I identified the opportunity area - that new ideas are welcome as long as they fit classroom structures.

I created a student and teacher journey map to identify specific pain points and map out opportunity areas.

I created a student and teacher journey map to identify specific pain points and map out opportunity areas.

I also identified user goals and values for both teachers and students.

I also identified user goals and values for both teachers and students.

This all led to my concept - online resource center where teachers can download and/or order STEAM learning tools to use in their classrooms.

This all led to my concept - online resource center where teachers can download and/or order STEAM learning tools to use in their classrooms.

The learning tools are pre-packaged in toolkits with different learning themes.

The learning tools are pre-packaged in toolkits with different learning themes.

Each toolkit would include an activity for students to do (e.g. work in groups to build a dinosaur), materials (e.g. a bunch of toothpicks and paper), manipulatives (e.g. a model dinosaur to play with), and references (e.g. a diagram of a dinosaur).

Each toolkit would include an activity for students to do (e.g. work in groups to build a dinosaur), materials (e.g. a bunch of toothpicks and paper), manipulatives (e.g. a model dinosaur to play with), and references (e.g. a diagram of a dinosaur).

I prototyped toolkits for 3 topics - data viz, anatomy, and geometry - and was able test 2 with users.

I prototyped toolkits for 3 topics - data viz, anatomy, and geometry - and was able test 2 with users.

I tested the anatomy toolkit at the JCDSRI (in conjunction with the KinderSTEAM project).

I tested the anatomy toolkit at the JCDSRI (in conjunction with the KinderSTEAM project).

Later, someone told me they overheard a student exclaiming what a cool workshop it was. Yay!

Later, someone told me they overheard a student exclaiming what a cool workshop it was. Yay!

I tested the geometry toolkit at Nathan Bishop Middle School.

I tested the geometry toolkit at Nathan Bishop Middle School.

The teacher incorporated the tools I designed - geometric tiles that could connect via velcro - into the lesson. Students created forms and then drew from observation as part of their perspective drawing unit.

The teacher incorporated the tools I designed - geometric tiles that could connect via velcro - into the lesson. Students created forms and then drew from observation as part of their perspective drawing unit.

A big thank you to everyone involved, this was a great experience and I learned so much about engaging with the community!

A big thank you to everyone involved, this was a great experience and I learned so much about engaging with the community!


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