Youth-in-the-Schools Program Powered by STEMArts Lab
STEMarts LAB@The PASEO youth program is a series of educational workshops that go into the schools, allowing students to collaborate with PASEO artists exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in their art making process. An artist is placed into every middle and high school in Taos. Teacher and students work with the artist up to one week prior and then perform/install their work live at The PASEO event.
Students learn valuable STEM skills through creative expression, social practice and collaboration, and are empowered as their creations become part of a real world event. We believe that the challenge and potential of STEAM education in the future is for all students to have access to the latest technologies and 21st century thinking. The PASEO is the perfect platform for students to use these tools to play, explore and imagine a better world.
STEMarts LAB was developed by PASEO co-director and artist, Agnes Chavez, as part of her educational programs that integrate art, science and technology into curricula. Visit.stemartslab.com and sube.com for more.
2016 STEMarts workshops
Pinhole camera art/performance
School: Taos Academy
Teacher: Karin Moulton
Topic: Photo documenting festival with self created pinhole cameras in the DOSSHAUS style.
Radio Confessional LED
Artist: Parker Jennings
School: Taos International School
Teacher: Janelle Farwell
Topic: Making lo-tec illuminated signage to bring awareness to the broadcast frequency and producing scheduled programming for the radio booth.
Raspao Sound/video cart
Artist: Alexandra Gelis
School: VISTA High School
Teacher: Nicole Miceli
Topic: Hacking and creating video and sound for a hybrid audio-visual vehicle/Raspao cart. This moving sculpture serves up snow cones, capturing and playing back sounds and videos while moving through the streets of Taos.
Protest with Light
Artist: The Illuminator
Teacher: Megan Bowers Avina
Topic: Using light projections as a means of political expression, environmental transformation, and public discourse.
Audio-Reactive Visual Performance
Artist: Ana Herruzo
School: Taos Charter School
Teachers: Katie Woodall and Nat Evans
Topic: Performance of a live audio-visual show, displaying generative, real-time and audio-reactive animations, created during the workshop.
Topic: Creation of Real-time generative animations by analyzing music and sound.
Artist: Ashcan Orchestra
School: Dreamtree Project
Teachers: Catherine Hummel
Topic: Music in the mechanics of computing
Artist: Bert Benally
School: Taos Pueblo Day School
Teacher: Claireen Espinoza
Topic: A light interactive traditional sand painting by the artist who collaborated with Ai Weiwei, on an artwork titled Pull of the Moon, located in the desert of Arizona. Students assist with the design and installation of the sand painting.
Artist: Julie Liberstat
School: Taos Cyber Magnet School
Teacher: Alexsis Blake
Topic: Interactive urban exploration and mapping game for smart phones. Students create critical and creative investigations of walking, mapping, and play within the interactive urban landscape of PASEO Taos.
The Matter of Memory
Artist: Hector Leiva
School: Questa Junior/Senior High School
Teacher: Erica Zito/ Claire Coté, LEAP, coordinator
Topic: Students use the app to create and listen to GPS-tethered memories within the interactive urban landscape of the PASEO and the downtown Taos area.
Maker Activities at The Toolbox
Sponsored by FUSE Makerspace and STEAM NM
Artist: Matthew Barbato, Americorps VISTA
Site: The Toolbox
Ages: 6 and up
Description: Kids assemble LED Throwies with a colored LED, magnet, battery and some tape, and have fun throwing them at a large scale metal canvas. The collaborative performative process with 500 LEDS Throwies occurs over the 2-night festival. Watch the light painting reveal itself and come alive with random colors and patterns.
Sponsored by MAKE Santa Fe
Artists: Leah Buechley and Patricia Michaels
Site: The Toolbox
Ages: 10 and up
Description: This 10-minute Maker activity, designed by Leah Buechley and Patricia Michaels, combines Native American design and electronic paper jewelry. Create your own sparkling interactive wearable–make a bracelet, pin, or barrette and decorate it with native-inspired patterns and LED lights. Combine motifs such as clouds, lightning, and feathers,created byPatricia, with playful paper-based circuits, designed by Leah, to make yourself shine for The Paseo Festival.