June 14-15 San Diego: CALIT2
California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2) at the University of California San Diego, in collaboration with the San Diego Science Alliance

Details San DIego 

The Art of Science Learning, a project of The Learning Worlds Institute, explores ways in which the arts can help improve how people of all ages learn the sciences. Hands-on, imaginative approaches to science education, using many of the methods used in the creative arts, have been shown to attract and retain young people in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (sometimes known as the STEM disciplines).

Responding to concerns that the U.S. risks lagging behind other nations (See “Bridging the Innovation Gap”) in both the scientific literacy and the innovative capacity of its workforce, the Art of Science Learning is convening scientists, artists, educators, business leaders, researchers and policymakers in three conferences in Spring 2011 to explore how the arts can be engaged to strengthen STEM skills and spark creativity in the 21st-Century American workforce.

The Conferences are hands-on, workshop-oriented events that will showcase interdisciplinary methods and techniques used by educators and artists, share the results of current research into the impact of arts-based approaches to science education, and explore the connection between the arts and American economic competitiveness.   

Tuesday June 14  
7:45 am Check-in, continental breakfast and coffee 

Morning Plenary Session – Calit2 at UCSD

8:30 am
Conference Opening
The Art of Science Learning
Harvey Seifter, Director and Principal Investigator
Larry Smarr, Founder and Director, Calit2

Institute for Learning Innovation
9:15 am Keynote: Larry RosenstockCEO, High Tech High  
Followed by Q&A 
10:00 am
10:15 am
Creative Conversation: “STEM to STEAM: The Future of American Innovation.”
Harvey White, Co-founder of Qualcomm, interviewed by John Eger, The Lionel Van Deerlin Endowed Professor of Communications and Public Policy, SDSU   
Followed by Q&A
11:00 am
“Creativity in the Workplace”
Mary Wright, Workforce Readiness Initiative Director, Conference Board
Randy Cohen, Vice President for Policy & Research, Americans for the Arts 
11:30 am TBD

Noon Lunch 

Afternoon Interactive Workshops – Calit2 at UCSD
1:00 pm
1:00 pm Introduction
1:15 pm Hands-on collaborative work
2:45 pm “Unpacking,” facilitated by Dr. Siler
3:30 pm Afternoon coffee break and snack
3:45 pm
Introduction to Idea Harvesting 
John Reaves, Learning Worlds Institute 
4:10 pm Idea Harvesting Breakout Workshops 

Afternoon Plenary Session – Calit2 at UCSD
5:10 pm
Idea Harvesting “Lightning” reports
5:25 pm
5:45 pm
Working Group Introductions
6:00 pm Day One Close

Evening Activities – Reuben H Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center will host an Art of Science Learning reception for conference participants in Balboa Park, starting at 6:45 pm.  Sponsored by Life Technologies, Inc.

Wednesday June 15
8:00 am Continental breakfast and coffee 

Morning Plenary Session – Calit2 at UCSD 
8:30 am
Opening Remarks – Harvey Seifter
8:45 am

Concurrent Working Group Interactive Sessions
10:00 am
Educational Practices
Gabriele Wienhausen, Associate Dean for Education, Division of Biological Sciences, UCSD
Chair: TBD

Workforce Development 
Chair: Ted Buswick, Director, Boston Consulting Group History; Executive-in-Residence for Leadership and the Arts, Clark University

Closing Plenary Session 
Working Group Reports and Discussion
12:40 pm
Participant Observations
12:50 pm
1:00 pm
Closing Remarks/Next Steps – Harvey Seifter
1:15 pm Conference End