As Business Week recently explained: "The game is changing. It isn't just about math and science anymore. It's about creativity imagination and, above all, innovation."
In a powerful panel presentation that includes NASA and the non-profit foundation created by Grammy Award-winning musician and performer will.i.am, you’ll learn from leading experts how STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) is playing a dynamic role in driving the innovative frontiers of tomorrow -- demonstrating that art and creativity are necessary adjuncts to STEM! Gain exciting insight from these noted STEAM panelists:
--Phillip Beesley is an internationally renowned architect and professor of architecture at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is known for his kinetic installations that integrate art, engineering, technology, and chemistry to explore responsive architecture. A noted author and winner of numerous awards in his field, he has been featured in WIRED, TEDx, and the Discovery Channel.
-- Lilly Kam is director of STEM at the i.am.angel Foundation, a nonprofit founded by will.i.am, musician and STEAM advocate. Lilly develops high-impact STEAM programs for inner city schools, incorporating the arts and humanities into partnerships with leading technology companies. At i.am.angel programs, students are combining elements of music and storytelling with industrial design, robotics, and app development— all with the goal of transforming their communities.
--Brian Smith, professor of Learning Technologies in the School of Education at Drexel University, brings creativity to the core of educational practices through research that supports and enhances human performance and learning. He has also served as a co-investigator for Rhode Island School of Design’s STEM to STEAM initiative.
--Michelle Viotti, manager of NASA’s Mars Public Engagement Program, is responsible for all of NASA’s Mars public outreach activities, including formal and informal education. She coordinates these activities at NASA Centers and also by principal investigators at universities. Her office’s Imagine Mars project integrates the arts and STEM to promote engagement and learning in school and out-of-school environments.
The panel will be moderated by J.D. Talasek, Director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, where he is also known for coordinating the DC Art Science Evening Rendevous (DASER) sessions -- the Academy's monthly discussion forums aimed at fostering interdisciplinary networking. In addition, he created the organized the international online symposium on Visual Culture and Bioscience (2008) at the NAS, and serves as art advisor for Science and Technology magazine, published by the University of Texas at Dallas and the National Academies.