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Technology + Middle School Girls = Art: EKG Exhibit Highlights STEAM-Inspired Art

PHILADELPHIA‐‐(September 30, 2013) – What happens when you match 22 middle school girls with technology and art? STEAM 2, the culmination of Operation Eve, a six-month program designed to introduce middle school girls to technology and art, is on display at the EKG Exhibition Space through October 6. STEAM2 features the artwork of 22 seventh and eighth grade girls who participated in the 60-session program that took place both in and out of the classroom. The closing reception will be held on Friday, October 4 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Operation Eve and STEAM2 represent an ongoing partnership to pioneer the movement to integrate art into STEM education. Supported by grants from the Best Buy Children’s Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and in partnership with the Science Center and Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP), Operation Eve gave girls at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School an opportunity to tinker with laser cutters, develop custom rubber stamps and explore the tools and resources available at NextFab Studio and Drexel's URBN Center. The students worked in collaboration with PAEP artist Lisa Volta and technology teacher Gina Griffith. Operation Eve blended hands-on making with high-tech prototyping tools, such as laser engraving, to create unique art and design projects. STEAM2 is the second collaborative exhibition between the Science Center, PAEP and Grover Washington Jr. Middle School. “Girls can often be discouraged by STEM subjects” explains Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA. “By introducing art to the equation, we’re able to spark their interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math and give them opportunities to explore their potential in these subjects.” The EKG Exhibition Space is located on the Science Center campus at 3600 Market Street in Philadelphia, PA. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to read more

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