CASPER, Wyoming (Wyoming News Now) – This week, educators statewide have been busy participating in personal development opportunities. Today and tomorrow at Casper College, the Full STEAM Ahead conference is an opportunity for K-12 teachers to learn more about integrating art into the classroom setting.

Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Although the art does not seem to fit in, including the subject in lesson plans for other classes can benefit students and teachers.

“Art gives a more coherent and integrative approach to STEM. In my opinion, it is very difficult to take art and just teach STEM because art is not limited to fine art, ”said Zhanna Gallegos, curator of education at NIC.

Educators from across Wyoming are using the event to learn how to bring art to the classroom and other art topics. This is an opportunity for educators to immerse themselves in STEAM and then bring it to their communities and use it.

“Working at a college in rural Wyoming, introducing students to possible careers. That these careers begin as soon as you leave high school, [or students] going to college, continuing education, but it gives them opportunities that we don’t normally see in a middle school, ”said Rick Sánchez, a college teacher in Buffalo, Wyoming.

The conference also allows teachers to network with those who may not be part of their local community. The different presentation styles included questions and answers, presentations on how to use the practices and practical experiences.

“This conference is so important in finding the integration of interdisciplinary content ideas from a larger community, and it gives us a great opportunity to collaborate to create truly, truly magical experiences for our students,” said Alexis. Barney, Wyoming’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.

The conference will continue tomorrow and the organizers plan to return next year.

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