My Quest To Teach

May 3, 2017

Redefining of African American Education Through STEAM

Filed under: Education,Literacy,Parenting,Reading,STEAM,STEAM and STEM,STEM,STEM3,STREAM — William Jackson @ 6:15 am

STEAM and STEM

 

Redefining of African American Education Through STEAM
by William Jackson STEAM and STEM Advocate
#MyQuestToTeach
In collaboration with Jax Markerspace panelists:
Shawanna Brooks, Akia Uwanda, Latonja Richardson,
Princess S. Rashid, and Angie Nixon

Education in STEAM requires a holistic approach to teaching children
and families of color and culture the value of STEM and the incorpor-
ation of the Arts. STEM / STEAM panel discussion at the Jacksonville
Public Library – Jax Markerspace held a dynamic panel discussion
of women who are actively engaged in the field of STEAM as entrepr-
eneurs, business leaders, parents and advocates of STEAM through
their personal talents and skills.
Many parents still do not understand the letters and the connection
to their children’s education. Science Technology Engineering Arts
Mathematics, an educational initiative to prepare students for 21st
century careers not just jobs.
The Arts is an important element in promoting STEAM and the
engagement of young people from elementary age or younger to
high school students. “The biggest danger of unemployment today
is not of immigration it is the advancements of technology in robotics,”
Princess S. Rashid which is causing unemployment faster than any
immigrant attempting to cross the borders of this nation to find
employment to support their families.
The distinguished panel including the hostess for Jax Markerspace
at the Downtown Jacksonville Public Library Shawanna Brooks,
musical artist and entrepreneur Akia Uwanda, parent and advocate
for STEM, STEAM and STREAM. Latonja Richardson and her
daughter Taylor who aspires to be an astronaut traveling to Mars.
Princess S. Rashid, Physicist, Artist and Thought Leader, and Angie
Nixon author, literary visionary and entrepreneur of The Adventures
of Moxie Girl with her daughter Natalie and community activist.
Putting STEAM into STEM was a dynamic discussion about the
power of change in education, economics, commerce and even
political power because of the changes that lead to national and
global influences in the changes of careers and thought leadership.
The 20th and 21st century is going through dynamic change because
of the integration of digital technologies. This unique discussion
provided women of diverse walks of life and goals to come together
in solidarity that communities especially African American, Hispanic
and other people of color need to be engaged in involving their
children in hands on learning with higher order and critical thinking.
Paraphrasing Angie Nixon and Latonjay Richardson, the holistic
approach comes to play that children will not change if they continue
to be limited by their environments. If the environment does not
change neither will the desire to change educationally and if there
is no change educationally there may be no change economically.
Princess S. Rashid commented that Black children must learn to
like math and the empowerment it can provide as seen from her
video below.
There is no way around it, math can open doors and provide
access to new careers. Jacksonville Public Library Shawanna
Brooks shared that the resources of the library are free to
everyone and parents need to have their children here to
learn about the global implications of education and business.
The panelists were in agreement that the thinking of students
will not change if parental thinking does not change, thus the
holistic thinking of family and community.  Parents set the tone
and in many cases the direction of educational and career
decisions. In attendance was Mark McCombs, “I teach people
how to build robots and to do what they used to think was
impossible.” Mark McCombs FIRST LEGO League that creates
dynamic opportunities for team building, engineering, building
and coding of robotics that are involved in competitions.
This is another key area of STEM and STEAM student can be
involved in, but must get their schools engaged.
Children are conditioned by their environment, if they do not
see change or the conditions for change their thinking will
remain the same, their desire to change their lives will not be
inspired.
The panel discussion brought a new direction to potentially
changing how children should be taught. Being active, engaged,
and hands on brings faster growth than traditional lecture
instruction. Children in schools today are not like the children
of the 40’s through 80’s, they are more active and require
increased visual, auditory and active stimulation. Because
of this change education needs to be modified as well. When
listening to the discussions there is a urgency and a sense
of priority in the realization of the influence of technology and
it’s generational influences.
These ladies of influence, knowledge, social conscious, civic
duty and even a moral directional conscious want every child
to be successful because it “takes a village,” as Latonya
Richardson shares to the audience, to raise the leaders,
workers, innovators and creators of the present and the future.
Putting STEAM into STEM provides an opportunity to share the
potential to move children from being consumers of technology
to creators, innovators, visionaries and models for future
generations.

 

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#STEAM into #STEM 2017
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/
STEAM%20into%20STEM%202017/story

A discussion about the integration
STEAM into the #Arts – Photos via @wmjackson @jaxlibrary

Facebook Resources:
JaxMakerSpace
https://www.facebook.com/jaxmakerspace/
Shawana Brooks
https://www.facebook.com/shawana.brooks
Erin Estreet Kendric
https://www.facebook.com/ErinEstreetKendrick
Akia Uwanda
https://www.facebook.com/akia.uwanda
Angie Nixon
https://www.facebook.com/angienixon
Latonja Richardson
https://www.facebook.com/latonja.richardson
Princess S. Rashid
https://www.facebook.com/prashid
Mark D McCombs
https://www.facebook.com/markdmccombs
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
https://www.facebook.com/pg/FLFIRSTLEGOLeague/
William Jackson
https://www.facebook.com/williamdjacksoninfl
and contributions by the distinguished panel.

Videos
What is STEM by Shawanna Brooks
https://youtu.be/fTkzCChDeMU
The Importance of Math in STEM and STEAM
https://youtu.be/Kwv8Geb47_Q
Tony Richardson Being a STEM Parent
https://youtu.be/lsR3eV5-Pck
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April 30, 2017

POWHERFUL Women and BROTHERHOOD of MEN

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POWHERFUL Women and BROTHERHOOD of MEN
Girl Version 

by William Jackson
Twitter @wmjackson
Blogging #MyQuestToTeach

The recent summits for teen and young adults in Jacksonville
shows that the community understands the need for engagement
with young ladies and young men of this city and Northeast
Florida.
To build leaders, strengthen community, encourage personal
self-esteem and the importance of applied educational knowledge
to help young ladies and young men build into leaders and
activists.
High schools; private, public and charter were represented
well by the participants that showed young people in Jacksonville
are among the best and brightest in the nation.
Both teen and young adult women and men need to understand the
value of applying their learning to potential careers and
future growth in economics, commerce, business, politics,
community services and as entrepreneurs that will run businesses
employing their peers.
Education is not just gained in school classrooms; networking
is a learned skill and having self-esteem, self-respect,
life goals and long term aspirations is vital.
The POWHERFUL and I CHOOSE BROTHERHOOD summits each empower
their unique audience of teens and young adults geared to
that audience. The diversity of attendance represents the
cultural diversity of Northeast Florida and that all cultures
are valuable and contibute to the success of our city.
Each summit had local and national influencers in a various
industries that draw local and national attention to issues
important to teens and young adults.
Summits like these touch on a broader audience and has
a ripple affect in teens and young adults becoming themselves
influencers and smart creatives in their community and schools.
The unique nature of each summit is that there were not gender
distractions. POWHERFUL was dedicated to young ladies and
I CHOOSE BROTHERHOOD dedicated to young men.
Jacksonville needs to continue to provide summits, workshops,
and conferences that focus on teens and young adult issues,
they cannot be ignored nor denied the constitutional rights
they are guaranteed of opportunities of speak and assembly.
Jacksonville is learning that issues are not settled by law
enforcement, laws, curfews or other legislative embargoes.
Children, youth, teens and young adults need interactive
engagement with the adults in their lives to talk about
the issues that are important to them.
As a parent, educator, mentor and community activist the best
results are gained by caring and showing that you do care about
young people by being engaged and active. Society can only be
best served when our children, teens and young adults know
that they can be seen and heard.

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Resources:
POWHERFUL – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook = @powherfulfdn
Soledad O’Brien, Starfish Foundation – Twitter @soledadobrien
Sheba Turk , News Anchor – Twitter @shebaturk
Akia Uwanda , Entertainer and Entrepreneur
FB – akiauwandaentertainer – Twitter – @akiauwanda

Videos:
Akia Uwanda how she started her career
https://youtu.be/eMLFq_Vs0AM
Blue Print for Success
https://youtu.be/lkI4TnMoy1Q
Financial Aid for Higher Education
https://youtu.be/rmDMpz0AGSU
First Step to get Money
https://youtu.be/JQIdQbKvbn8
Free Money for School
https://youtu.be/RMc0e2Mh2s8
Getting Loans for Higher Education
https://youtu.be/38Fjt7ITmas
How to Address Bullying In School
https://youtu.be/fr4NmN09WYM
Scholarships for Higher Education
https://youtu.be/sgyfi7cthtA
Starting A Music Career Akia Uwanda
https://youtu.be/gABGgFXpFKU
Starting Your Careers
https://youtu.be/cNI_lnSiXdY
The Stress of Bullying
https://youtu.be/PEfNaVqTzns

My Photos:
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/POWHERFUL%202017/story

 

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April 28, 2017

STEAM and Discovering Bridges of Jacksonville

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 6:00 am

STEM Collaboration

 

STEAM and Discovering Bridges of Jacksonville
by William Jackson, Educator and STEAM Advocate

The ability to bring excitement and passion to children is
through hands on learning and integrating the use of video
in the instructional process. The implementation of hands
on learning along with interactive engagement and passion
allows students to retain information longer and apply to
other areas of knowledge.

We are in a knowledge based century with access to
information from dynamic sources, children need to be
taught to think on levels not prioritized in the past, but how
to solve the problems of the present an future. The same
issues that plague the world in various scales African
nations that are expanding technologically are seeing.
The main one is education, that is the key to not allowing
technological colonization where the citizens are left out
of educational and employment opportunities.

Children, youth and teens of today are dynamic learners
that require attention drawing excitement to encourage
participation and knowledge retention. The learning will come
as children work independently and collaboratively solving
problems. More African nations are realizing this as
they model their STEM and STEAM curriculums like the
USA.

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STEM, STEAM, STREAM, CSTREAM and STEMsquared
if  applied correctly can change the value of learning when
applied to relevancy and reality. STEAM and Discovering
Bridges of Jacksonville was a unique learning opportunity at
Tristian’s Accelerated Academy directed by Arlene Llyod,
educator and STEM advocate in Jacksonville, Florida.

Holding workshops the first and third Saturday of each month
for the past three years Mrs. Llyod has provided the community
with resources that excite learning and offer an interactive
opportunity for children of Jacksonville to be engaged and
excited about learning.

The session for Discovering Bridges of Jacksonville was
provided by William Jackson, educator, blogger, and STEAM
advocate himself involved the children elementary age
in the world of engineering and design. The students watched
and critiqued videos that shows the bridges (7) of Jacksonville,
the date they were built, who they were named after, the length
of each bridge and brief history https://youtu.be/5cX6Q7mfxoU.

Knowledge connections where discussed as the importance
of bridges in connecting cities, communities and families. In
order for children to grasp the concepts and objectives they
must understand how to apply their  learning and why it is
important to them. This helps develop critical and higher order
thinking skills.  STEM teachers are transformative models of
change and growth for children because they must adapt and
integrate learning to cover multiple areas or should be.

Wm Jackson teaching

Business and industry leaders in all communities especially
African should take note of what students are learning in
STEAM classes around the world because these are the
future employees, innovators and creators. It is easier to
hire locally than import or outsource jobs to foreign countries.

During the workshop the children eventually were paired in
teams and provided building materials (manipulatives) and where
allowed to build their own bridges. The requirements where;
name their bridge, identify the surrounding environment, where
the bridge would take travelers, how long is the bridge and the
materials for its construction. Students are taught outside of a
book, the integration of multiple resources is necessary to
embrace multi-disciplinary learning that is deliberate and planned.

These criteria allow children to build their learning on a level that
allows them to retain important information and apply to their
levels of understanding and application. Diversifying the access
to information and resources helps each child to enable their
learning modality or how they learn. Each child is different in
the diversity of how they process information, how they apply
information and even how long they retain information.

STEM and STEAM allow for hands on learning that increases
the excitement and passion for learning in children.  The
integration of Science Technology Engineering and Math
is growing at phenomenal rates globally because of successes
by the growth in student test scores, the excitement to come to
school and the knowledge that there is something available for
the students that identify themselves as the Geeks, Nerds, Blerds
and Bleeks of schools.

“STEM innovation will open doors for students of color and culture.”
The future of STEM education | Roni Ellington | TEDxBaltimore

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Resources:
Africa Depends on STEM Education
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mariame-jamme/
africas-workforces-need-r_b_6340556.html

What STEM Can Do for Education
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/01/what-stem-can-do-for-africa/

STEM Motivational Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgB-Diy8imo

Introduction to STEM | Elementary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAq87rx9cxE

Why Is STEM Important?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbtthVVDgek

Interview – STEM and Kids
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V8EjEzIpkg

STEM and The Black Woman
https://youtu.be/7Hb0vkdzaWg

 

Group Photo

 

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little girl

 

 

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