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This year the ARTS hit the stage with two new STEAM programs that will amaze young botanists from grades 1-3 and capture the imaginations of 4-8 grade aerial enthusiasts as they explore creative career paths with drone technology.
Flourish in the whimsical world of tunnel books with this STEAM-filled exploration of plants and seeds! Challenge learners to channel their inner storyteller as they create a free-standing, sculptural artwork to model the lifecycle of a plant. Referencing the five kinds of seed dispersal: gravity, water, wind, animal and attachment, each lesson builds problem-solving skills, confidence and creativity as students construct a one-of-a-kind work of art.
Each lesson in Plants and Seeds is scaffolded to prepare students for their final tunnel book that describes one method of seed dispersal. Students begin with smaller tasks that teach the science of a seed’s growth and space as an element of art. Learners stay engaged throughout the program with hands-on activities that culminate into a unique, take-home tunnel book they get to show off. Plants and Seeds is an all-in-one kit that is easy to implement right out of the box.
Drones are transforming the world of arts and entertainment, performing alongside artists as diverse as Metallica, Drake and Cirque du Soleil. Follow in the footsteps of the world’s groundbreaking drone designers, weaving together the iterative design process and principles of aerodynamics to costume, choreograph and code tiny aerial robots in creative performances. Use your imagination and explore the innovative ways drones are being used for good!
Drone Designers guides students through the entire process of understanding drone flight and programming, costume design and music interpretation through scaffolded lessons that keep everyone actively engaged. This program includes all of the resources necessary for instructors of any experience level to learn alongside their students and create a drone performance set to music. Students take on real-life roles that expose them to potential career paths, including Programmer, Pilot, Creative Director, Lead Designer and Safety Officer. Everyone is moving and no one is left behind!
Sun Valley Center for the Arts was heavily involved in the development of these two programs. They will be providing free resources on their website that perfectly compliments and enhances Plants and Seeds, including how-to videos and inspiration for tunnel books. Danica Robrahn, a teacher in Wood River Valley, ID with past experience with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, developed Plants and Seeds with hopes that students and educators alike will continue to connect through the arts and encourage creative problem-solving and self-expression in the global community.
Drone Designers has already been pilot tested at Wood River Middle School in Hailey, ID, and their students put on an excellent final performance that went above and beyond the lesson outline. Katelyn Foley, the Education and Humanities Director at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, helped in developing Drone Designers to create a solid connection between technical drone knowledge, artistic costume design and real-world career opportunities. Students took on their chosen roles, developed their routines and took charge of their own learning.Learn more about the Drone Designers pilot!
Two winners will be selected, one winner for each program.
Entries accepted between December 15, 2019 through March 21, 2020.
Winners to be selected by March 28th and announced by April 21, 2020.
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