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 2819 The final crescendo of the STEAM program was the students watching Kathleen demonstrate a raku firing. This dramatic process began with Kathleen, garbed in long thick gloves, pulling a glowing red pot out of the kiln with 36"- long tongs. The pot was about 1,800 degrees. She quickly immersed the pot into a metal trash can, placing the cover on tightly. Inside the trash can along with the pot is shredded newspaper. The 1,800-degree pot caused combustion and the newspaper caught on fire. The covered container smothered the fire starving it of oxygen and trapping carbon. After a few minutes she removed the lid, reached in with the tongs, grabbed the pot and immersed it in a bucket of water. This sudden temperature change, along with the science of the firing caused an exciting crackle design on the surface of the pot. The students were thrilled watching this demonstration. They learned about science, technology, engineering, art and math and were able to connect the disciplines through this one experience of watching a raku firing. And, finally, they were able to take home from the museum the pinch pots they had made back at their schools. They had been glazed and fired and were ready to use. Artist in Residence Kathleen Kneafsey with students from Wahama Jr. High School Kathleen carrying the 1,800-degree pot with tongs and gloves from the kiln. Kathleen explaining about oxygen. Kathleen placing the pot in the trash can causing the newspaper to catch on fire Kathleen’s assistant is shown placing the pot in a bucket of water. Completed glazed and fired pots for students to take home. The STEAM program was an exciting way to teach science, technology, engineering, art and math. Each of the five disciplines blended together providing a deeper learning experience. Integrating disciplines in this STEAM program is a way to teach how things relate to each other, in school and in life. It’s more fun than traditional-learning styles and makes more sense to all types of learners because it is based on the natural ways that people learn and are interested in things. It is a hands-on, reality-based framework that is informative and engaging. Many thanks to the West Virginia Division of Culture and History in partnership with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation for funding the program. In addition, many thanks go to Donna Duke, the Arts Volunteer from Mason County, who helped coordinate school visits and bus trips.