Arkansas students and community members will get to benefit from brand-new STEAM programming from the Conductor. The Conway-based entrepreneurship and innovation hub is launching a full slate of programming options that emphasize science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education.
The Conductor will be offering new programming both at the University of Central Arkansas’ Makerspace and in an outbound format that can be brought to schools and other venues throughout central Arkansas. Outbound programming includes the Scratch coding program, color coding with Ozobots, creating jewelry with Cricut machines and more.
“Our educators have worked diligently to develop curriculum that provokes innovation and empowers the community,” Grace Rains, the Conductor’s Director of Operations, said. “With our new outbound programming, we can bring this dynamic education directly to people in all the areas we serve.”
There will also be a number of community events this fall that will focus on hand-on activities. One of the events, held in September, will be a Catamaran Can Challenge, in which individuals will bring canned goods to build a catamaran with recycled materials.
In addition, the Conductor will challenge individuals to build a functional pinball machine from cardboard in October. The final community event, held in December, will be “Conductor Gives Back,” in which individuals will use plastic grocery bags to weave mats with looms in the UCA Makerspace. The mats will then be donated to local organizations.
The community events will be held McCastlain Hall at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
“In a rapidly changing world, it is critical for people to not just be consumers of their world, but to develop their skills through the design and engineering process in order to be producers and problem-solvers. STEAM education inspires people to wonder, ask questions and innovate by developing their engineering and design skills through prototyping and inventing,” said Conductor Educator Anita Reynolds.
The Conductor’s classes and programming offerings are available at no cost.