Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 2818 A middle school tour integrating science, technology, engineering, art and math In September 2015 HMA learned that there was possible grant funding available from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History in partnership with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Because the grant opportunity related to interdisciplinary learning, we jumped right in. Interdisciplinary learning integrates studies that are traditionally separate and provides a deeper, richer and more authentic learning experienceforstudentsandteachers.Thenameofthenewinitiative was STEAM Power WV and was designed to incorporate art into STEM disciplines, encouraging innovation, creative problem solving, critical thinking and other 21st century skills. HMA Education staff gathered our resources and came up with a middle school tour titled TURN UP THE HEAT. The main concept of the tour is heat and explores the effects of this energy form on different art media, materials and processes. All five disciplines merged smoothly and naturally, providing an enjoyable and meaningful learning experience for students. HMA partnered with Mason County’s 7th grade classes for this innovative TURN UP THE HEAT pilot program. The first phase was HMA’s artist in residence Kathleen Kneafsey visiting every 7th grade class in Mason County and facilitating each student making a pinch pot out of clay. Right away the students got their hands and minds involved in art making. In addition, Kathleen introduced the concept of heat and how heat affects clay when it is fired in a kiln. The science, math, art and technology of clay making and clay firing were discussed during Kathleen’s visit to the schools. Once completed Kathleen loaded the pots in the van and brought them back to HMA to fire them in our kilns. Students from Hannan Middle School carrying completed pinch pots. Point Pleasant students catching their breath after loading the pots into the van. The next phase of the program involved each class visiting HMA for a STEAM tour. In order to prepare for an optimum STEAM tour experience, HMA docents underwent a comprehensive training, enabling them to conduct the tour effectively. The tour centered around heat and its effect on the pottery, glass and firearms in our permanent collection. A bonus was a visit to the conservatory to explore photosynthesis and the effects of heat energy on plant life from the sun. During the tour, students explored how things were made. What combination of materials is used to make glass and pottery? What temperatures cause these materials to become hard, durable and functional? What are the mechanics of a pottery wheel and a kiln? What minerals are used to color glass? What causes a bullet to travel out of a rifle? What tools are required to make rifling in a firearm? These types of questions challenged students to think more deeply and make connections between subject disciplines. Students examining pottery in the Touma Near East Gallery. Students exploring the technological advances in firearms. Students learning about photosynthesis in the C. Fred Edwards Conservatory.