Full STEAM Ahead 2021 (VIRTUAL): A K-12 Educator Workshop

Friday October 8

3:00 PM  –  6:00 PM


Friday, October 8 | 3 PM - 6 PM & Saturday October 9 | 9 AM - 3 PM

Tacoma's Museum District brings you creative new ways to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics into your classroom. Educators from Foss Waterway Seaport, LeMay-America's Car Museum, Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, and Washington State History Museum provide engaging, hands-on workshops.

Registration includes lesson plans, hands-on kits, 7.5 clock hours, and admission to each museum.

This program will be hosted virtually using the Zoom Webinar platform. Participating educators should plan to pick up individual session packets and hands-on kits from LeMay - America's Car Museum the week prior to the event date. Kits will be available at the front desk of the Museum anytime during regular Museum hours.

Registration will close on Friday, September 24, 2021

The schedule for this two-day event is listed below:

Friday, October 8 | 3 pm - 6 pm

Session 1: Tacoma Art Museum | Who Tells Your Story?

How does history get passed down from one generation to the next? Archiving material is crucial for preserving community stories. In this workshop, we’ll explore various ways that historical and cultural artifacts are archived, collected, preserved, and displayed. Consider how students might preserve and share their own community’s stories, with a lesson that can be applied to art, humanities, or science classrooms.

Session 2: Foss Waterway Seaport | Equitable Home Science Kits...Just Add Water!

Highly engaging, Brainy Briny kits send science home with your students. Kits are delivered with everything students need to hatch and feed their own brine shrimp pets in a self-sustaining ecosystem that can last for over a year. Just add water! While students raise their brine shrimp to spawn a second generation, they take measurements and make observations to explore NGSS & TPS priority science standards pertaining to physical science, chemistry, life science, and environmental science. At Foss Waterway Seaport, we support the program with both live and recorded video curriculum that can be utilized asynchronously or in the classroom. Targeted at a 5th grade level, the curriculum can be modified for 3rd grade and up. During this workshop, we will give participants a sample Brainy Briny kit and discuss ways you can bring this simple STEAM project into your own classroom to support science standards.

Saturday, October 9 | 9 am - 3 pm

Keynote: Round Table Discussion: The State of Affairs of Female and BIPOC Students in STEM Education

Session 3: LeMay - America's Car Museum | Start Your Engines!

Where does our energy come from? What sources of energy do we use to power our vehicles? We’ll explore the answers to these questions and more before diving into some exciting, hands-on activities. Find out how biofuels are created, build a battery-operated fan, and harness the wind's potential as an energy source in this fun and engaging session! Educators will also have the opportunity to explore a brand-new app launching this fall that allows students to explore the Museum's Powering the Future learning lab from afar.

Session 4: Washington State History Museum | Curating Your Classroom

Turn your classroom into a museum! Join educators from the Washington State Historical Society for this workshop where you will learn what goes into planning a successful museum exhibit, and how to help your students act as curators, designers, and engineers to create exhibits of their own on any topic—from salmon, to steam trains, to storytelling. Plus, you’ll get the chance to tour and evaluate a virtual exhibit from the Washington State History Museum, and try your own hand at exhibit design. 

Session 5: Museum of Glass | Junior Curator Academy

Junior Curator Academy is a new hybrid virtual program from Museum of Glass that invites children (and adults!) to explore the when, where, and why of artwork! Through the deconstruction of one art piece, Junior Curator episodes offer learning opportunities in the visual and performing arts with social studies applications all aligned with Washington State learning standards. This workshop will take you through the elements of Junior Curator Academy and show you how to utilize this program in your classroom. Junior Curator Academy is designed and tested with Middle and High School Students.