STEM Rooted in Culture Educator Workshop Series
The STEM Rooted in Culture educator workshop series brings together community experts and educators to broaden diversity and equity in the K-12 social studies and STEM classroom. Presented in partnership with Artes de México en Utah, an organization dedicated to building communities united by cultural connections through art, and jumping off from The Nature of Color exhibit. This series focuses on enhancing culturally relevant education strategies and practices with teachers and on the Latin American and Native American communities. This series is in partnership with the University of Utah Center for Latin American Studies.
BORN FROM CORN
Mar. 19, 2022 from 11:00am-2:00pm
Explore the cultural and historical significance of corn for Indigenous peoples of the Americas, including practices still used today. Take part in a STEM activity uncovering the Indigenous scientific knowledge behind preparing corn that was ignored by Europeans.
COLORS OF NATURE
Apr. 23, 2022 from 11:00am-2:00pm
Hear the stories and language of color from Indigenous perspectives and explore the symbolism of colors and their appearance in Indigenous literature. Investigate classroom-friendly STEM techniques for making dyes from natural materials with your students.
LAND, FOOD, AND JUSTICE
May 14, 2022 from 11:00am-2:00pm
Appreciate the agricultural practices and crops of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Learn about the
relationship between food and social justice, contemporary efforts to decolonize foodways, and how traditional and modern agriculture affect water resources in a STEM activity.
Attend all three workshops and do short homework assignments to earn 0.5 USBE credit OR Earn 3 relicensure hours per workshop attended.