SESSION TITLE: Human Robots, Basic Circuits, & Parallel Circuits:  A STEAM lesson integrating Visual Arts, Music, & Dance

SESSION TIME: 15 minutes

SESSION DESCRIPTION: This exciting STEAM lesson integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Dance, Music, and Visual Arts. Students answer exciting questions about the purpose and function of robots, circuits, sound, composition, and aesthetics while engaging in the engineering design process to “become a robot.” There is no need to be a Dance, Music, or Visual Arts expert; this unique lesson overview provides everything you need to know to teach an engaging and meaningful STEAM lesson about the fundamentals of robotics and circuitry. Appropriate for students in grades 3-6. Session participants will receive: Lesson overview, teacher guide (includes presentation for students), how-to process guide (with pictures), STEAM Design process graphic, how-to design a musical composition online guide, and a rubric for assessment.

PRESENTER BIO: Amy Zschaber is an award-winning arts educator. She began teaching in 2005 after discovering a “knack” for putting together steps for elaborate art-based projects as a camp instructor. Amy earned a BFA in Painting from The University of Georgia in 2003, a MAT in Art Education from Kennesaw State University in 2010, and an EdS in Inclusive Education from Kennesaw State University in 2014. In 2014, Amy was recognized as the Georgia Middle School Art Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Art Education Association; in 2015 her blog, Artful Artsy Amy, was voted the 2nd favorite Middle School Art blog by the Art of Education website. Currently, she is the Visual and Performing Arts and STEAM Coordinator for the Stanislaus County Office of Education in California. Over a decade after entering the classroom, Amy is still excited to share her passion for the arts, and knows there is always more to learn.