Living my life with ESTEAM
As a scientist, artist and graphic recorder I am living a life of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTs and Mathematics) BUT I also run my own small business, so as an Entrepreneur I am proudly living my life with ESTEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)! Due to my research background and creative experiences I provide input and advice to schools, educators and professionals regarding what I term ‘Creative Education‘. Below are examples of the different types of STEAM-related activities and advice I have been providing to the education sector across Australia, with further creative collaborations with Educators, Schools & Universities:
- Creative Science
- My COMM-Ocean!
- Girls in STEM
- STEAM in action!
As my alter ego Dr Suzie Starfish I graphically record my science visits with High School students to provide a more interactive and creative thinking approach to my school incursions — about the science of our Living Oceans. I also deliver Sketchnote your Science in School to students and teachers to help visualise science. These visual thinking approaches really engage with the students AND the teachers as ‘Drawing is Thinking‘. Graphic Recording and Sketchnoting in an educational context can provide students with the following learning outcomes:
- a record of class discussions
- a visual representation of complex issues
- a tool for retention of information
- a point of reflection for later study
- a creative way of note-taking & remember concepts
My COMM-Ocean! (Communicating the ‘Art’ of Science)
I believe it is important to communicate science, STEM and STEAM in a variety of ways so that our messages reach as many kids, students and people as possible. For example, one of my mantra’s regarding the future of our oceans is “people have to love it before they are moved to save it”. So why not make a COMM-Ocean about our Blue Planet through my visual storytelling! Over the past couple of years I have been honoured to be featured in a number of different science communication platforms from interviews and Podcasts to Google Hangouts about my approach to science communication through art. Below are links to my latest COMM-Ocean:
‘How I Got My Job’, an interview I did with the talented Leah Cannon of the Life Science Network. You can read how I went from the muddy waters of Moreton Bay to TV appearances about Marine Parks to running my own small business and living a life of ESTEAM at How I Got My Job.
‘Using art to brush up on ocean science’, radio interview with the lovely Jessica Hinchliffe of ABC Radio. You can ‘sea’ how I Turn Ocean Science into Art and hear how I Use Art to Teach and communicate.
‘Join in the COMM-ocean’, where I hosted the weekly #Sciparty on Twitter about all things ocean sciart, scicomm and education, all with #OceanOptimism! You can ‘sea’ here the COMMocean Sciparty.
‘Blogging about all things science’ (Interview), with Dr Paige Brown Jarreau, From the Lab Bench. You can read about how I use Instagram (and other social media) to communicate the Art of Science for our oceans.
‘Science communication’ (Podcast), Dr Mike Ographer and Dr Karen Ring from #SciComm #SciParty. You can hear how I use the art of science in my Ocean storytelling.
‘Girls in STEM’ (Google Hangout), with Dr Karen Peterson and ACCELN (Australian Council for Computers in Education Learning Network). Watch me graphically record ‘live’ this Google Hangout with Dr Karen Peterson, CEO of the National Girls Collaborative Project (USA) and ACCELN to draw out the ideas and challenges of Girls in STEM.
‘The art of storytelling’, featured in article for Currie Communications on visual storytelling. You can read more about The art of storytelling.
Girls in STEM
I’m thrilled to be a supporter of the Tech Girls Movement , a non-profit organisation promoting positive female information technology role models to encourage and raise awareness of technology career options for girls. I am working with the founder, Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen aka. Jewella Superhero, and the Superhero team to help girls ‘picture their ideas’ by putting the “A” in STEAM. I just love getting to work with real-life Superheroes, as I did for Superhero Daughter Day held in Brisbane!!
As part of my work with the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) during National Science Week I was privileged to ‘draw out’ the Girls in STEM experiences of Karen Peterson, CEO of the NGCP. You can see more of the Girls in STEM adventure ‘downunder’ in the NGCP Storify.
I have recently been introduced to the wonderful world of Maker Spaces and Maker Education and what fun I had with educators at The University of Southern Queensland creating a BIG MakerSpace!! This MakerSpace was part of a workshop with Karen Peterson of the National Girls Collaborative Project, “Making makerspaces girl friendly” as part of National Science Week. I created a BIG Makerspace with participants to highlight two things:
- The BIG issues impacting our oceans using the BIGGEST shark in the sea, the Whale Shark
- The BIG creative experiences students can have when you combine science and art
STEAM in action!
Due to my STEM background and experiences I am invited to schools to provide input and advice into science curriculum planning and school incursions about the science of our Living Oceans. You can view my Queensland STEM in Action profile as a Marine Ecologist & Artist.
As part of my work with CSIRO and BHP Billiton on the Ningaloo Outlook project I recently visited with the High School science teachers of Exmouth District High School to discuss further how my science incursions could use more graphic recording to help with science learning and retention. As you can see below we were all smiles talking creative science and of course I had to ‘picture’ our groups science ideas!
I would love the opportunity to collaborate with anyone who shares in my passion for a life of STEAM to provide creative education to all, no matter of their location or circumstances.