Program promotes art in STEM education

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Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council, TASHCO, is partnering with the Adams 12 Five Star School District in an effort to bring art education to the STEM (science, technology, engineer and math) program to provide a well-balanced learning experience for students. The program is called Full STEAM Ahead and promotes critical thinking skills through a variety of upcoming educational community events lead by students in all grades.

“We believed that STEM education and engineering design processes are not unlike art design processes,” STEM Launch principal Kellie Lauth said. “Skills like creativity and problem solving in art are also in science and math.”

Lauth said the art piece complements and is critical for providing a well-rounded education for students as well as provide the community the opportunity to view and experience the work created by students. So far students involved in the program have already participated in a film festival, with more community events to take place before the end of the school year.

Some events include a technology workshop showcasing students’ technology skills, a fashion show with old clothing items transformed into modern looks and a rattle can art show where students spray paint art on an outside gallery wall.

“The kids really love what they’re doing and are so excited to share their work with the community,” Lauth said. “I highly encourage the community to come and check out what these kids are learning and experience some new things.”

Linda Lowe, Thornton arts and volunteer coordinator and liaison for TASHCO, said the partnership was an easy one for the council. She said the partnership is part of the TASHCO mission to enhance the quality of lives through exposure and involvement in the arts, sciences and humanities.

“One of the goals of the partnership is to recognize how important art is in the community,” she said. “And what these kids can do is really amazing. The ideas they come up with are really great. They are so innovative and excited to be a part of the program.”

The Full STEAM Ahead program is also sponsored in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. For more information or to view a complete schedule of upcoming community events, visit www.cityofthornton.net/arts or call 720-977-5885.

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