MUSEUM HOSTS FIRST STEAM EDUCATION EVENT

STEAM’d Up explores the relationships between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

WILMINGTON, DE

The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to host its first STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) event, STEAM’d UP, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to help expand students’ appreciation of the relationship between art and science. Through hands-on activities, the sixth grade class from A.I. DuPont Middle School will learn about how artists and scientists are both creative innovators. Each activity will be co-led by local scientists and artists with educators from the Delaware Art Museum, Hagley Museum & Library, Brett Thomas from Mobile Raku, and 4Youth Productions. This event is not open to the public and Press are invited to attend and observe.

During the event students will experiment with color through a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations related to pigment, structure, and dye. They will explore and photograph the structure of materials using Hitachi’s table-top Scanning Electron Microscope. Students will use cameras and printers to capture what they see in the microscope, creating photographs of microscopic images and will observe chemical reactions with Raku pottery firing. The sixth graders will also deepen their understanding of the relationship between art and science with a tour of works of art in the Museum’s collection that exemplify the day’s lessons. Professor Randy Ewoldt from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will give a keynote presentation at 8:35 a.m. on the science of art materials.

“Integrating the arts into STEM-education is important for students to help encourage innovation by providing a sense of perspective on needs of the world leading to creation of an aesthetically pleasing, workable design,” says Deborah Liczwek, Delaware Art Museum volunteer and retired DuPont scientist. “This program at the Museum aims to encourage students to think about how creativity and innovation go together and how art and science links with the creative process.”

Partners and Sponsors

Hitachi High Technologies America, Hagley Museum & Library, Mobile Raku, and 4Youth Production are program partners. This program is supported by the Delaware Art Museum’s Museum Council. Additional support is provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

About the Delaware Art Museum

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of works by Wilmington native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, a major collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and a number of special exhibitions throughout the year.

The Delaware Art Museum is located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Open Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Admission fees are charged as follows: Adults (19-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7-18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived Thursdays after 4:00 p.m. and Sundays thanks to support from generous individuals. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit the website at delart.org.

 

For more information, contact:

Jessica Jenkins
Manager of Marketing & Public Relations
jjenkins@delart.org
302.351.8558