South by Southwest Conference 2013

March 2013

RISD President John Maeda will return to Austin, Texas this March to participate in the city’s South by Southwest Conference.  The president will moderate the panel “STEM to STEAM: Full Circle from Education to Economy,” a discussion intended to illuminate the ways in which Art + Design serve to deepen the value of technological advances and enhance the processes of scientific learning.

Thanks to panelists like Rosemarie Truglio, Vice President of Education and Research at Sesame Workshop, the STEAM movement is making good noise: Elmo has announced that Season 43 of Sesame Street will incorporate Art + Design in its learning segments— a concrete example of the program’s long, demonstrated history of using creative innovation to educate children in Science and Math.

The South by Southwest panel will stress the importance of integration: the STEM to STEAM acronym is a visual reminder of the initiative’s intent to use Art + Design as a relevant tool in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines.

President Maeda will be joined by a group of panelists who bring distinctive and valuable voices to STEAM:

Jon Perera
Vice-President, Adobe Education

Matt Goldman
Co-Founder, Blue Man Group and Blue School

Ainissa Ramirez, PhD
Science Evangelist and Associate
Professor of  Mechanical Engineering, Yale University

Rosemarie Truglio, PhD
Vice President of Education
and Research, Sesame Workshop

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