Diversifying STEM Education

An eclectic range of research on the design of interactive images that yield good social change and “generative justice” (Eglash, 2014). Funded by Google, the Coalition to Diversify Computing, and the NSF


 

Cultural STEM LLC: A storefront that sells educational toolkits that use traditional cultural arts to engage underrepresented youth in learning computational thinking by simulating ethnocomputational images on/off screen. More Info


CS4HS @ RPI: A Google-funded Computer Science for High School professional development workshop for high school art and design teachers at Rensselaer. By simulating indigenous and vernacular cultural arts with the math and programmable versions of Culturally-Situated Design Tools, high school art teachers, and their students learn to create algorithms that they then use to make physical art. CS4HS @ RPI is a one-day workshop that occurs in the summer on the RPI campus and continues in a two-week session in local high school art classrooms. More Info

Supplemental workshops that have been conducted by invitation include Transformational Art and Math Strategies in Indigenous Culture that trained art and math teachers by way of the United Federation of Teachers in New York City and Diversifying STEM with Generative Play by way of the NYSATA conferences that occurred in the Capital Region of New York and Rochester, New York.


Design Your Future:  Our experience has been that graphic design is one of the few topics that can draw middle and high school youth to after-school workshops. So, we use it to teach them essential computing skills and introduce them to careers in computing. Participants use the math version of the Culturally-Situated Design Tools to simulate indigenous and vernacular cultural art. Design Your Future brings together Rensselaer undergraduate and graduate students and youth participants to creatively explore the interaction of math and art. Design Your Future workshops have been conducted at the local Boys and Girls Clubs in Troy, NY and Albany, NY; The Joan Oates Institute, University of Richmond, Virginia;  Mocada: Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Brooklyn, New York; and The Arts Center, Troy, New York. Design Your Future has received funding from the Coalition to Diversity ComputingGraduate Researchers: Ray Lutzky (DYF); Undergraduate Researchers: Jesse Cline (DYF), Zac Autio (DYF), Natalie Semczuk (DYF); High School Students: Marcel Bennett (DYF), Jonathan Ward (DYF)


References

Eglash, R. (2014). Generative justice: The revolution will be self-organized. Retrieved August 20, 2015, from http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/generative-justice-the-revolution-will-be-self-organized.

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