The STEAM Centre will open this fall in St. Thomas, bringing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education to learners of all ages. It will introduce creative learning tools, from 3D printers and CNC (computer numerical control) machines to laser cutters and robots, to support students and innovation at the intersection of science and the arts.
Chatting in late August, the three-members of the newly formed STEAM team are excited to demonstrate some of their STEAM tools and to share the concepts which will make the centre an exciting place for learning. Also taking part in the demonstrations are local students Josh Taylor and Eiffie Cahill.
The conversation is invigorating as they use phrases like community inclusion, realizing new passions, collaborative environment, curiosity, problem solving, learning, and failure as a positive experience. I learn that playing the muffin bongos can induce curiosity about conductors in a way that “book” learning never did.
The STEAM Centre’s official grand opening will take place in October, and community members across Ontario will be invited to step inside to discover their own passion for creativity. In the meantime, meet the team!
Josh Gorman is St. Thomas born and raised. He comes to the Centre from Fanshawe College where he was a computer support technologist. Fred Cahill currently lives in Delaware, Ontario and his most recent work has been in the not-for-profit sector teaching kids to code and use creative technology. Executive Director, Jessica Moyes has returned to her hometown following work in New York, Edmonton and Toronto in charitable fund-raising and business development.
At any point when you’re studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics, if you focus on the creativity that’s possible, then there’s the immediate sense of wanting to join in and find out how it happens …