STEAM Institute

STEAM Institute

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Workplace Learning Connection’s STEAM Institute provides interactive experiences highlighting careers within the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

STEAM Institute introduces area seventh grade students to careers in each of these fields and provides an engaging platform to start the conversation about career self-discovery.

Below you will find recordings of all the presentations.


Educators, feel free to use these engagement questions with your students as they view presentations. 


 

STEAM Week Live Program Recordings

Each day during the week of Dec. 14, we featured two live presenters. Presentation descriptions and recordings can be found below.

Rick Langel shares his career journey as a Geologist for Iowa Geological Survey. If you like science and are interested in the environment, check out his story about being a Geologist and the adventures he has traveling to help provide clean drinking water.

 


Recorded STEAM Presentations

The following presentations can be accessed at any time for viewing with your class. Presentations are sorted by STEAM category; some presentations will appear in multiple categories.

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Science Presentations

 

  • Ryan Anthony, Director – Iowa Raptor Project at the University of Iowa (Length: 15 min.)
    The mission of the Iowa Raptor Project is to connect people with the conservation of birds of prey and other natural resources. This is a video of some day-to-day activities that I conduct at the Iowa Raptor Project to advance this mission. Watch video.
    Supplemental resource:
    Iowa Raptor Project (IRP) Website
  • Kristine Bullock, Regional Manager – Southeast Iowa STEM (Length: 12 min.)
    We will discuss how computer science and art are integrated into our everyday lives and needed in careers across various industries. Students will develop their own logo to represent themselves, their school, or their community. Resources needed: Computer with Internet and activity PDFWatch video.
  • Amanda Voss-Grumish, Supervisor – Johnson County Ambulance, Kyle Nicholson, Police Officer – Coralville Police Department, and Bill Erb, Recruitment and Retention Officer – Coralville Fire Department (Length: 35 min.)
    Amanda Voss-Grumish, Kyle Nicholson, and Bill Erb, join together to share the opportunities, educational requirements, activities and STEAM fields utilized in law enforcement, the fire department and 9-1-1 emergency service careers. Watch video.
  • Dr. Nkanyezi N. Ferguson, Clinical Director – Dermatology - University of Iowa Health Care (Length: 15 min.)
    Do you think you might want to be a doctor some day? Hear Dr. Nkanyezi Ferguson’s story about why she got interested in medicine and how she’s helping people today. Watch Video.
  • Laura Green, Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed, Program Director, and Assistant Professor – Kirkwood Community College (Length: 24 min.)
    This presentation will cover what occupational therapy is and how it is life changing for our clients and patients. We will also explore some of the fun activities that students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Kirkwood get to participate in. Supplies needed for activity (if possible): plastic wrap or masking tape, large clothes to put over the clothes you're wearing, pencil, paper, and the activity PDF
    Watch video.
  • Maya Hayslett, Crop Science Youth Education Specialist – Iowa State University Extension & Outreach (Length: 23 min.)
    Pollinators, agriculture, and science: What do people mean when they say, “Save the bees.”? Learn about the role of pollinators in crop production, the importance of pollinators like native bees, and careers that help save the bees. Supplies needed for activity (if possible): a bowl, a few wrapped candies (or other small objects like marbles or erasers), a handful of cheese puffs, white paper towel. Watch video.
  • Rebecca Kopelman, Meteorologist – CBS2/FOX28 (Length: 17 min.)
    Learn about the art and science of TV meteorology. Find out how TV meteorologists use graphics and technology to communicate information about the weather, and try some science experiments to learn about dew and frost. Supplies needed for experiment: two empty tin cans without lids (i.e., canned fruits/vegetables, or soup), crushed ice, cool tap water, rock salt or table salt, spoon. Watch video.
  • Michi Lopez, Farmer and Ag Educator – Grow: Johnson County (Length: 21 min.)
    Learn what it takes to be a Farmer and grow organic food with Grow: Johnson County. Check out how they are feeding the community with healthy produce and how Michi's volunteer work led to discovering her natural path. Watch Video.
  • MacKenzie Paulson, DVM, and Martika Muniz, RVT – Anamosa Veterinary Clinic (Length: 18 min.) 
    MacKenzie Paulson, DVM, and Martika Muniz, RVT, invite you to learn about how STEAM concepts apply to the careers of veterinarian and veterinary technician within a mixed animal practice. They will also walk you through a case study involving one of their patients to demonstrate how they use these concepts every day on the job. Watch video.
  • Michele Stevenson, Special Agent – Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (Length: 21 min.)
    This presentation will focus on how students pursuing a STEAM education can make an impact at the FBI. From the special agent role, to the Evidence Response Team, to specialty roles, we will discuss the opportunities that make working for the FBI a job like no other. Watch video.

Technology Presentations

 

  • Customer Implementation Specialist, Safety Trainer, Account Support, & Business Process Analysts – CRST (Length: 19 min.)
    A discovery of pioneering technologies in the transportation industry. We take a journey across the country and discover practical applications of math, science, and art in the business of bringing you what you need. Resources needed: pencil, paper, and calculator. Watch video.
  • Kristine Bullock, Regional Manager – Southeast Iowa STEM (Length: 12 min.)
    We will discuss how computer science and art are integrated into our everyday lives and needed in careers across various industries. Students will develop their own logo to represent themselves, their school, or their community. Resources needed: computer with Internet, and Google Drive activity PDF. Watch video.
  • Shelby Hollett, Registered Product Specialist, and Aaron Mardis, Intermediate Solutions Architect – Transamerica (Length: 27 min.)
    Find out how technology and math are used in the financial industry by exploring the topics of machine learning and compound interest. Create a chat bot, calculate compound interest, and discuss the importance of saving money. Watch video.
    Supplemental resources:
    Compound Interest Explained in One Minute Video
    Savings vs. Spending Discussion Questions (Google Drive).
  • Scott Johnson, Assistant Professor – Transportation Academy, Kirkwood Community College (Length: 15 min.)
    Find out how science, technology, engineering and math fit into careers in both automotive repair and automotive collision repair. Watch a demonstration of virtual technology that is used to teach students how to paint vehicles, followed by a visual inspection of a vehicle that students could do at home with a parent or guardian. Watch video.
    Supplemental Resource:
    3-minute Automotive Academy Video
  • Mike Kubas, Assistant Professor – Advanced Manufacturing Academy, Kirkwood Community College (Length: 13 min.)
    The Advanced Manufacturing with Robotics and Welding Academy at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa. Sample projects (a knot puzzle and weld table) with process summary. Watch video.
    Supplemental Resource:
    1-minute Kirkwood Advanced Manufacturing Video.
  • Amanda Voss-Grumish, Supervisor – Johnson County Ambulance, Kyle Nicholson, Police Officer – Coralville Police Department, and Bill Erb, Recruitment and Retention Officer – Coralville Fire Department (Length: 35 min.)
    Amanda Voss-Grumish, Kyle Nicholson, and Bill Erb, join together to share the opportunities, educational requirements, activities and STEAM fields utilized in law enforcement, the fire department and 9-1-1 emergency service careers. Watch video.

Engineering Presentations

 

  • Andrew Ballard, Architect – Neumann Monson Architects (Length: 15 min.)
    Learn about architecture, understand the career, and see some current projects. Watch video.
  • Kristine Bullock, Regional Manager – Southeast Iowa STEM (Length: 12 min.)
    We will discuss how computer science and art are integrated into our everyday lives and needed in careers across various industries. Students will develop their own logo to represent themselves, their school, or their community. Resources needed: computer with Internet and Google Drive activity PDF. Watch video.
  • Scott Johnson, Assistant Professor – Transportation Academy, Kirkwood Community College (Length: 15 min.)
    Find out how science, technology, engineering and math fit into careers in both automotive repair and automotive collision repair. Watch a demonstration of virtual technology that is used to teach students how to paint vehicles, followed by a visual inspection of a vehicle that students could do at home with a parent or guardian. Watch video.
    Supplemental Resource:
    3-minute Automotive Academy Video.
  • Mike Kubas, Assistant Professor – Advanced Manufacturing Academy, Kirkwood Community College (Length: 13 min.)
    Advanced Manufacturing with Robotics and Welding Academy at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa. Sample projects (a knot puzzle and weld table) with process summary. Watch video.
    Supplemental Resource:
    1-minute Kirkwood Advanced Manufacturing Video.

Arts Presentations

 

  • Kristine Bullock, Regional Manager – Southeast Iowa STEM (Length: 12 min.)
    We will discuss how computer science and art are integrated into our everyday lives and needed in careers across various industries. Students will develop their own logo to represent themselves, their school, or their community. Resources needed: computer with Internet and Google Drive activity PDF. Watch video.
  • Jessica Egli, Event Director – Englert Theatre (Length: 24 min.)
    Learn how you can follow your love of the Arts like Jessica did at the Englert Theatre. She started as a Volunteer, and enjoys the excitement of the stage. Check out her video to hear how you can pursue your dreams of getting involved in the Arts. Watch video.
  • Angela Hiatt, Educational Outreach Specialist; Joe Bustad, Brent Willet, and Phong Duong, Graphic Designers – Iowa PBS (Length: 16 min.)
    Iowa PBS staff will show how important the arts are in branding. Students will learn about being a graphic designer, logos, and what goes into successful branding. Resources needed (if possible): markers, colored pencils or crayons, white paper, and pencil. Watch video.
  • Rebecca Kopelman, Meteorologist – CBS2/FOX28 (Length: 17 min.)
    Learn about the art and science of TV meteorology. Find out how TV meteorologists use graphics and technology to communicate information about the weather, and try some science experiments to learn about dew and frost. Supplies needed for experiment: two empty tin cans without lids (i.e., canned fruits/vegetables, or soup), crushed ice, cool tap water, rock salt or table salt, spoon. Watch video.
  • Mike Kubas, Assistant Professor – Advanced Manufacturing Academy, Kirkwood Community College (Length: 13 min.)
    Advanced Manufacturing with Robotics and Welding Academy at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa. Sample projects (knot puzzle and weld table) with process summary. Watch video.
    Supplemental Resource:
    1-minute Kirkwood Advanced Manufacturing Video.

Math Presentations

 

  • Customer Implementation Specialist, Safety Trainer, Account Support & Business Process Analysts – CRST (Length: 19 min.)
    A discovery of pioneering technologies in the transportation industry. We take a journey across the country and discover practical applications of math, science and art in the business of bringing you what you need. Resources needed: pencil, paper and calculator. Watch video.
  • Shelby Hollett, Registered Product Specialist & Aaron Mardis, Intermediate Solutions Architect – Transamerica (Length: 27 min.)
    Find out how technology and math are used in the financial industry by exploring the topics of machine learning and compound interest. Create a chat bot, calculate compound interest, and discuss the importance of saving money. Watch video.
    Supplemental resources:
    Compound Interest Explained in One Minute Video.
    Savings vs Spending Discussion Questions (Google Drive)
  • Rebecca Kopelman, Meteorologist – CBS2/FOX28 (Length: 17 min.)
    Learn about the art and science of TV meteorology. Find out how TV meteorologists use graphics and technology to communicate information about the weather, and try some science experiments to learn about dew and frost. Supplies needed for experiment: two empty tin cans without lids (i.e., canned fruits/vegetables, or soup), crushed ice, cool tap water, rock salt or table salt, spoon. Watch video.
  • Mike Kubas, Assistant Professor – Advanced Manufacturing Academy, Kirkwood Community College (Length: 13 min.)
    Advanced Manufacturing with Robotics and Welding Academy at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa. Sample projects (a knot puzzle and weld table) with process summary. Watch video.
    Supplemental Resource:
    1-minute Kirkwood Advanced Manufacturing Video.

Looking for additional STEAM activities and resources? Check out the free resources below and on the next tab. They can be great supplements to classroom learning!

  • ICAN Career Assessment
    A great way to find the career that best suits you by discovering what really interests you.
  • EVERFI
    Empowering educators to bring real-world learning into both the virtual and in-person classroom. Thanks to their sponsors, EVERFI's online resources are available to schools in Iowa at no cost! Programs are aligned to the Iowa CORE and feature self-graded, pre- and post-assessments. K – 12 resources are available in critical topics, such as career and college readiness, financial education, health and wellness, STEM, and cultural literacy. To access EVERFI's online programs complete this quick Google Form.
  • Iowa PBS STEAM Activities
    Find STEAM resources for middle school lesson plans. Inspire your students with videos, games, and activities aligned to state and national standards.


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