Full STEAM Ahead

STEAM is a curriculum, based on the idea of educating students in five specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

Why STEAM?
Building our future tech workforce is already an issue for all industries, and programmatic approaches to introduce these specific disciplines in a fun, collaborative open learning model after-school, or in classroom has risen as a national priority for all tech professionals.

TALK, and other tech councils across America, have a commitment to encouraging and participating in the development of additional curriculum in our cities across our state. Through partnership with private industry, government officials , educators, and a variety of funding sources, including grants, corporate sponsorship, donations, and fee-based approaches, STEAM curriculum continues to develop in our markets.

TALK currently has two curriculum paths that it is offering in KY and IN regions:

*Rad Science Skateboard Build—Geared at Middle and High School age students, this programmatic approach allows for a deep-dive three-day event that teaches students foundational skills and produces an exciting result: a working skateboard for use. This program has been delivered through Techfest Louisville 2015 at U of L’s Engineering Garage, and is slated for badge participation by the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, as well as the Louisville Free Public Library in April 2016. Other maker spaces are being explored. Funding is currently sought for underwriting this program for girls, and to meet diversity needs especially in disadvantaged and underprivileged group settings, including the West and South End student populations, refugees, and our Latino communities. The premier industry partner for TALK, in this, is Marwood Veneer.

On the horizon:
* Coding Classes—Working with middle school and high school students, these coding classes offer an opportunity to expose teens to basic programming and circuitry from a kit-based approach. These classes can be integrated into related curriculum, or be developed into three categories of code: code concept demos, component demos, and projects. TALK is currently exploring relationships to offer these classes. Funding is currently sought for underwriting this program for girls, and to meet diversity needs especially in disadvantaged and underprivileged group settings, including the West and South End student populations, refugees, and our Latino communities.

For more information, please contact Executive Director Dawn Marie Yankeelov (dawny@talklou.com or dawny@aspectx.com), or STEAM Curriculum Chair Jim Martin (jim@marwoodveneer.com).

Current Events:

*Skate Your Way build sessions (3-day workshops including art) were recently offered by TALK and Marwood,in conjunction with the Louisville Free Public Library, specifically for middle school age students and at no cost. These sessions were underwritten by a special creativity grant. They were held during spring break in the afternoons. (Week of April 4th-8th, 2016). For more information, go to the events pages at www.marwoodveneer.com or www.LFPL.org. And, be sure to join us on social media using #SkateMyWayLFPL or #talklou. Space was limited to 10 participants at each location and participants agreed to attend all three days of the workshop. Parental permission and sign-ups were required.

*LVL1 Makerspace—March 10 and March 14th, 2016. TALK’s two-day adult and teen skateboard , in partnership with Marwood was held at the LVL 1 Hackerspace, 1205 E. Washington Street, Suite LL 100.
Each participant designed and built their very own custom skateboard or longboard deck. The cost of the class to make your own deck is $140 for a Skateboard, or $160 for a Longboard. This class will be repeated. If you are under the age of 18 your parent must attend, but at no cost. All supplies, including trucks & bearings, are included in the fee. The maximum class size is 15 participants. Please call Cece to register for the next course for the May/June 2016 timeframe at (812) 288-8344 or email her at cece@marwoodveneer.com.

*TALK’s Rad Science Skateboard Build at the Indiana State Museum. March 19th and 20th, 2016. 1 PM to 5:30 PM. Indianapolis. Teaching the class was Master Skateboard Builder, Brian La Vallee who is a Technology and Art teacher at Lake Placid Middle High School in New York. Brian demonstrated a “hot knife” method for making foam molds that he has used for years in his skateboard building classes at the High School. Assisting was Al Huls, veteran store manager and woodworker of Woodcraft in Indianapolis, and Jim Martin President of Marwood, Inc. in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Each participant designed and built their very own custom skateboard deck.The cost of the class to make your own deck was $135 for a Mini Cruiser, $150 for a Skateboard, or $170 for a Longboard. If you are under the age of 18 your parent must attend, but at no cost. All supplies, including trucks & bearings, are included in the fee. The maximum class size is 15 participants. Please call Cece to register for our next TALK Indianapolis Skateboard Build at (812) 288-8344 or email her at cece@marwoodveneer.com to be held in the Jun/July 2016 timeframe.

About TALK
TALK stands for the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky, our local technology council which focuses on economic development, workforce development, networking, education, advocacy, and talent identification. TALK, a 501C3, is one of more than 50 tech councils in the US and Canada that are members of TECNA (Technology Councils of America).