STEAM Workshops

Theme: AFRICAN MASKS/MASQUERADE: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE EXHIBIT
Location: The High Museum, Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing, incollaboration with Arts NOW, the High Museum, UGA Improving Teacher Quality Program, and Africa Atlanta 2014 hosted a STEAM workshop for science and art educators. The workshop focused on Science, Engineering, and the Arts as it relates to the African Masks/ Masquerade: More than Meets the Eye Exhibit.  

Participants explored tattoos, chromatography,nanotechnology, painting, and learn how to use a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). K-12 teachers created art from chromatography and created African masks embedded with SEM images of natural and man-made materials such as carbon nanotubes. Once they completed their mask that also represented a science identity, they learned about dance integration in the classroom. Because a masquerade is traditionally a dance performed with masks, the teachers created a dance to show the transformation of energy from the sun, into electricity by silica solar panels. The groups showed through dance, what would happen on the atomic level, at the SEM level, and macro-scale.