FREE technology, engineering, and media arts workshops in University Circle.
(Cleveland, OH—September 25, 2017) Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) announces STEAM Saturdays—FREE hands-on STEAM workshops for middle and high school students. The pilot program will be the first on-site programming offered in its new headquarters in University Circle. The 3-hour workshops were designed to emphasize the arts and individualized creative thinking within traditional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subject matter, helping participants gain experience through active participation while building on skills learned the previous week.
The STEAM Saturdays Fall session is girls-only, featuring Her Ideas in Motion programming designed to reduce barriers of girls interested in STEM fields and help build a strong foundation in technology. Girls will learn directly from volunteer mentors currently working in the tech industry. The session runs from September 30 – December 9 and features 3 weeks of game design, 3 weeks of coding, and 2 weeks of photography. A co-ed Spring session is scheduled for February – May 2018 and will offer workshops in film, stop motion animation, and coding.
“For the first time in our 64-year history we are truly a CENTER for Arts-Inspired Learning, marking a key step in the strategic evolution of our organization,” said CAL Executive Director Marsha Dobrzynski. “It is with great excitement that we open our doors and offer free STEAM workshops to children and teens in Cleveland; while also engaging residents and community partners from the Glenville and Hough neighborhoods to identify their specific needs and work to provide impactful, relevant programs designed to best serve the children and families in our community.”
The new STEAM Saturdays pilot program is part of CAL’s University Circle Community Connection (UC3) initiative, a grant funded, multi-year plan to increase engagement with University Circle’s surrounding neighborhoods. One major component of the plan is converting the first floor of CAL’s headquarters into a creative, 21st-century space to host on-site programs. The initiative also provides funding for 50 in-school workshops developed to supplement existing curriculum, reinforce social-emotional skills, and promote civic engagement; and three afterschool arts-based residencies that improve peer-to-peer relationships while providing a safe space for youth in the area. UC3 is supported by grants from The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, the Paul M Angell Family Foundation, and Young Audiences National.
For the Fall schedule or to register for workshops, visit our STEAM Saturday webpage. To interact via social media use #STEAMSat or tag @CenterforArtsInspiredLearning on Facebook and @artsinspiredCAL on Twitter.
For more information, please see the full announcement in the press release.