Get on Board the STEAM Ship! Adding the Arts to STEM Education


Dr. Brandon Ballengée
4:30–7:30 PM
For teachers of grades 6–12

Dr. Brandon Ballengée combines his work as a scientist in the ecological field with artistic creation and environmental education. Teachers will explore examples of STEAM (STEM + Art) programs that combine art and science such as participatory deformed amphibian studies, using light sculptures to analyze insect diversity, looking for ‘missing’ species of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and others. This approach has proven effective when engaging students in science, technology and art, and can be useful for elementary and secondary educators. Dr. Ballengée will also show teachers how to create student nature field journals and how to record observations using scientific methods. Extensions such as creating food chains and mapping out the biodiversity of plant and animal life that can incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) will also be discussed.

Professional Development Workshops Through AcA

Professional Development Workshops demonstrate practical and proven techniques for teaching in the arts, about the arts and through the arts.

Fee: $5 per registrant. LPSS educators: FREE! (paid by LPSS)
All materials and a light meal included.
Most workshops carry CLU credit.
Workshop locations vary.

To register, call 337-233-7060 or email Bree@AcadianaCenterfortheArts.org.
Or register on LPSS’ WisdomWhere.

Acadiana Center for the Arts

Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA) is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are the central cultural hub of Acadiana, an eight-parish region comprised of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes. From our origins as an arts council established in 1975, we have transformed into one of the largest arts organizations in Louisiana. AcA’s public facility is in the heart of downtown Lafayette featuring an intimate theater, large museum-quality galleries, as well as workshop, rehearsal, and office spaces.