BioSTEAM International

Photo credit: Artist, Ana MacArthur with her students at Taos Integrated School of the Arts (TISA)

The COVID pandemic is deeply affecting our educational institutions and how we relate to each other. Students and teachers are required to work/study from home in isolation creating an urgent need for innovative ways to interact, teach and learn online. Travel bans and heightened health security measures are leading to cancellations of international field trips, reduced international travel and intercultural exchange. Meanwhile, global protests around race and culture, and the increase of immigration and refugees, have created an environment of misinformation and fear of "the other".

At the same time, COVID has brought to the forefront the connection between the destruction of earth’s natural resources and wildlife diversity and the rise of pandemic diseases. It is not a coincidence that the rise in wildlife-borne diseases has occurred alongside increasing human encroachment on nature and a rapidly changing climate.

It is more urgent than ever for our youth to be informed and inspired to respond to the complex challenges of the 21st century with empathy and humanity. To this end, students need opportunities to develop relationships with other students from diverse geo-cultural backgrounds with more focus on the humanitarian and ecological challenges of our time. With travel restricted, we believe that an innovative mixed reality learning platform with a built-in exchange program that creates opportunity for interpersonal exchange and collaboration across borders can fill this urgent need.

BioSTEAM International is an international youth exchange program that facilitates communication and collaboration between youth leaders around the world through the BioSTEAM Curriculum Tool platform. The goal is to encourage intercultural respect, creative expression and scientific literacy as students collaborate on a common BioSTEAM project.

We connect middle and high schools in the U.S with schools in participating countries through a partnership with U.S. Embassies. Our first partners are the U.S Embassy and Consulate in Portugal and the U.S Consulate of Guadalajara Mexico. More countries will be added as the project evolves.

Teachers are matched with a partner teacher in a country and select the students that will participate in the BioSTEAM project. We provide virtual teacher training to assure successful implementation and a series of virtual/Mixed Reality (MR) student workshops with hands-on activities led by interdisciplinary instructors and guest speakers. The format allows students to work from home or classroom. The student's research and designs become part of an international sci-art installation/virtual intervention at the Atomica Science Festival in Lisbon Portugal.

Students;

    • Develop social and intercultural skills through an international collaboration with diverse communities.
    • Contribute to a collaborative international installation.
    • Experience how students from other cultures and languages see and create.
    • Participate in cutting edge scientific research and experiments.
    • Design with nature to discover sustainable solutions to humanitarian and ecological challenges.
    • Collaborate with our ecological partners to work with the land and protect biodiversity.

Teachers;

    • Sign up your school to be matched with a partner school in another country.
    • Register for professional development training to learn how to facilitate the BioSTEAM International exchange program and implement a BioSTEAM project in your school.
    • Become part of an international BioSTEAM experience with your students!

 

SPRING 2021

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