UC San Diego STE[+a]M Camp This Summer

UCSD K-12 and La Jolla Country are happy to offer four such courses this summer at La Jolla Country Day School. Students must enroll in two of the courses – one for the morning session (9:00 am – 12:00 noon) and one for the afternoon...

STEAM Education

In Rhode Island, a coalition exists to promote the intersection of art and design with math and science education. Robin Bronk, CEO of the Creative Coalition, is trying to ensure that arts education play a role in a well-rounded curriculum. In fact, there...

TEDxDelft – Theo Jansen – A new breed of beach animals

Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor. He builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals that are able to walk using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands. His animated works are a fusion of art and engineering; in a car...

Striking a Major Chord With Minors

A local program restores music education from flat to natural, By Christine Pasalo
Article printed in San Diego Magazine
Opus scholarship gala with students from Otay and Lauderbach Elementary, Oak Park Percussion Ensemble, the Balboa Park Core Chamber Ensemble

A PETTING ZOO FOR… musical instruments? Yep, you read that right. When music students in the Community Opus Project participate in a local event, they man a “petting zoo.” Violins, cellos, and other instruments replace farm animals, and students invite other children and adults to learn how to play.

It’s all part of the program at Opus.

Launched in 2010, the San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS) sought to make music education available and accessible to all students in San Diego County. This school year, Opus will benefit 250 students from Otay, Lauderbach, Rice, Harborside, Rosebank, and Vista Square Elementary Schools.

“A lot of students don’t have a pathway to music,” says Dalouge Smith, president and CEO of SDYS. “They don’t have music in their schools. They can’t afford private lessons. There’s no route for them to get to the stage.”

SDYS is carving the path. It raises funds at the local, state, and national levels and brings the Community Opus Project to musically underserved communities. Students enrolled in the program get new instruments and instruction for free.

Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s music program, Opus instruction includes learning to play one’s selected string, wind, or brass instrument, music theory, singing, art, and playing as an ensemble. Students are also encouraged to teach each other… and their parents.

Balboa Park centennial STEAMing ahead

With less than three years to go, the centennial of Balboa Park's 1915 world's fair is literally STEAMing ahead. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math and it's one of the big ideas party planners are toying with for the year-long blowout in 2015. It's...

Education Evolution

Welcome to edevolution, a video project thought of and created by G/T middle students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area...

STEAM: Experts Make Case for Adding Arts to STEM

“For me, it is about connecting—or reconnecting—the arts and sciences in ways that learning can happen at the intersection of the two,” said Mr. Seifter, an expert in arts-based learning who also consults with Fortune 500 companies on fostering business creativity. “We believe there is...

Only Artists Can Make the Difference

Declaring October as Art and Humanities Month, President Obama made the observation that "Educators across our country are opening young minds, fostering innovation, and developing imaginations through arts education. Through their work, they are empowering our Nation's students with the ability to meet the challenges...