3D Laser cut triangle sculpture made by student at MC2 STEM

Workshops for Students

Grade 4 - Grade 12

Engage your students’ creative side while blending engineering, mathematics, and art.  Build geometric sculptures and create beautiful drawings. Students choose between 2 artistic experiences and will experiment with photography to capture and share their artwork.

Red laser cut spirograph with geometric pattern being drawing by student hard during STEM to STEAM workshop

Workshops for Educators

4 Hour / 8 Hour

Learn how integrate creative outlets into curriculum.  During this hands-on experience, educators create their own artwork, while brainstorming ways to incorporate art and photography into their classroom. 

What Students Experience

  • Highly engaging 2-hour hands-on workshop
  • Action packed from beginning to end'
  • Students choose between two experiences
  • Create 3 dimensional sculptures lit with programmable LED lights
  • Construct intricate geometric drawings using custom drawing tools
  • Alignment to age appropriate standards
  • Artistic process captured using photography and videography

What Educators Experience

  • Highly engaging 4-hour or 8-hour hands-on workshop
  • Engage your creative side while producing your own work of art
  • Learn techniques to integrate more art and creativity into your curriculum
  • Create 3 dimensional sculptures lit with programmable LED lights
  • Construct intricate geometric drawings using custom drawing tools
  • Learn how to use photography to document your student creativity 
  • Create a video of your experience to share with students and and colleges

Two Artistic Options

Participants will choose to work with two different artistic mediums. Learners are most engaged when they have free-choice over which artistic style interests them most.  Engage kinetic learners with hands-on building tools to create beautiful 3D sculptures or use custom designed drawing tools to construct stunning patterns while exploring geometry.

3D Sculptures

Lamp shade made from fractal triangles lit with LED light made during Making STEM engineering student workshop

GeoConstructix

  • Build 3D sculptures using geometric building tools
  • Illuminate sculptures with programmable LED lights

Explore 3-dimensional shapes while constructing a geometric sculpture. The sculptures come alive using colored LED lights.  Triangles, squares, and hexagons are connected together to construct a 3D sculpture.  Create a circuit using an Arduino to light the lanterns.

Geometric Drawings

Wooden geometric pattern drawing machine with wooden gears used during Making STEM art after school program

Drawing Machines

  • Explore geometry using custom drawing tools
  • Explore how motion and geometry are connected

Investigate different drawing tools and techniques to make a variety of geometric drawings and patterns.  Explore how motion creates geometry in an extremely hands-on experience.

Workshop Photography

Sketch of DSLR camera used for STEM photography program

Photography:

Students explore digital media techniques to document their learning process and capture success.  Learn how to use digital photography and videography to show progression of art.  Access pictures on STEM photography blog to share with students, parents, and the community.

Alignment to Content Standards

Student workshops align to grade specific common core geometry standards.  Workshops can be modified to meed the needs of your students

  • Grade 4: 
    • Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures. (CCSS.Math.Content.4.G.A1)
    • Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.G.A.2)
  • Grade 5:
    • Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.G.B.3)
  • Grade 6: 
    • Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes; apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.G.A.1)
  • Grade 7: 
    • Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions. Focus on constructing triangles from three measures of angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle. (CSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.G.A.2)
  • Grade 8:
    • Understand that a two-dimensional figure is similar to another if the second can be obtained from the first by a sequence of rotations, reflections, translations, and dilations; given two similar two-dimensional figures, describe a sequence that exhibits the similarity between them. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.G.A.4)
  • High School:
    • Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSG.MG.A.3)
    • Derive using similarity the fact that the length of the arc intercepted by an angle is proportional to the radius, and define the radian measure of the angle as the constant of proportionality; derive the formula for the area of a sector. (CSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSG.C.B.5)