Full STEAM Ahead: The NOCCA Sciences Pop-Up Museum

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Full STEAM Ahead: The NOCCA Sciences Pop-Up Museum

Sponsored by Chevron

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts’ full-day academic program, the Academic Studio, presents Full STEAM Ahead: The NOCCA Sciences Pop-Up Museum, a morning of hands-on, interactive activities and experiments in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math for 5th – 6th grade students and their teachers that will fill Solomon Family Hall and the math/science labs in the Chevron Forum at NOCCA.  The inaugural Pop-Up Museum is designed to help youth to explore the fun, beauty and creativity in math and science!

Experiments and exhibits will be led by NOCCA’s students and faculty based on projects they have conducted throughout the year in the Academic Studio’s Integrated Sciences program, an innovative approach to teaching high school science and math launched at NOCCA six years ago. They will be joined by Chevron volunteer engineers and scientists in engaging invited middle school students with quick and fun science and math Stop-By Stations as well as more intensive In-Depth Depots.  Participating teachers will be provided with a lesson plan packet of projects that can be done in any classroom. 

Stations and Depots will include:

Geology Sandbox: Build mountains, valleys, and streams in our augmented reality sandtable.

DJ For a Day: Investigate the physics of sound by constructing a working record player.

Robotic Art: Program a robot to draw shapes and designs.

Fabric of Spacetime: Model how gravity holds our solar system together.

Cooking at the Speed of Light: Use a common microwave oven to calculate the speed of light.

Making Curves from Lines: Using calculus to make string art

Tessellation Sensation Station: Learn about tessellations and add to one.

Crash! The Physics of Motion: Investigate the physics of a car crash using dynamics carts & motion detectors.

The Sine of Pasta: Create a beautiful wave using mathematics and pasta.

Blast off Chemistry: Explore the chemistry of rockets and other reactions.

From Press Street Gardens:

Botanical Inferences: Predicting patterns in nature using art and clues in the food we grow.

Giant Terrarium!: Using a greenhouse to monitor and collect earth science data.

From Chevron:

Virtual Offshore Experience: Use virtual reality to take a tour of Jack/St. Malo, Chevron’s signature deepwater project in the Gulf of Mexico

The Academic Studio, paired with NOCCA’s historic half-day arts conservatory program, serves 250 of NOCCA’s 600-member student body. The Academic Studio has earned an “A” from Louisiana Department of Education in each of the four years it has been graded. Chevron has been the lead funder in the development of the Academic Studio’s program and synergistic learning environment since Hurricane Katrina. 

 

 

 

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