Artist, Inventor, Architect, Scientist: Why profoundly successful creators, discoverers and designers move effortlessly between disciplines and how this can inspire your STEAM efforts.
Jeffrey Dollinger is the Executive Director of the award-winning visual arts education program Art in Action. Before joining the Menlo Park based organization, Jeffrey was Senior Vice President of Program Development for Invent Now, a national organization whose mission is to inspire invention and creativity in people of all ages. During his sixteen-year tenure, he was engaged in designing, funding and running programs for kids, college students, and inventors. These programs included the Collegiate Inventors Competition, Camp Invention, the Inspiring Invention Ad Council campaign and major partnerships with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the History Channel and Forbes among others. Prior to that, Jeffrey worked in Development for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum where he helped raise funds for the final phase of the Museum's capital campaign and developed strategies for raising operation and programmatic support. He also has worked for the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Indiana University Art Museum and Actors Summer Theater in Columbus, Ohio. Jeffrey holds a B.A. in Art History from Ohio State University and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Indiana University.
Brent Bushnell is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based “make tank” focused on products at the crossroads of amusement and education. The interdisciplinary team strives to make entertainment more enriching and learning more fun. Most recently the team launched STEAM Carnival, a modern re-imagining of the midway to inspire kids about science, technology, engineering, art and math. Previously he was the on-camera inventor for the ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He was a founder of Syyn Labs, a creative collective combining art and engineering to create high engagement for large brands and bands including Google, Disney and responsible for the viral hit Rube Goldberg music video for OK Go that garnered 40 million views on YouTube. In his spare time, Brent mentors teens in game development and entrepreneurship via programs such as Spark and NFTE. He publishes at brentbushnell.com and @brentbushnell
Multiplication Nation: Get EVERY kid to know their times tables!
Alex Kajitani is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. In a desperate attempt to connect with his underperforming students, he began rappin' about the math concepts he was teaching. Now known around the country as “The Rappin' Mathematician,” his CDs and Workbooks are being used in thousands of homes and classrooms. Join Alex in a breakout session on engaging students in learning multiplication.
Dr. Rona Zollinger: Innovating Education: Engaging Change through Community-Based Science
Dr. Rona Zollinger integrates inquiry, problem-solving and play into an exploration of the places students live and learn about. Zollinger teaches in an interdisciplinary curriculum at Vicente Martinez High School in Martinez, California, in an environmental and health careers academy called New Leaf Leadership Academy, where students and community leaders work in concert for learning and change. As co-founder of New Leaf, she seeks to build community partnerships that link learning to hands-on experience.
Recipient of many life-time achievement awards, Dr. Zollinger also served as the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year for Contra Costa County and a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. In June 2013 as a fellow, she worked on the National Geographic Explorer, an expedition ship, in the Arctic inspiring young explorers to appreciate the exquisite beauty of the polar ecosystem. She is passionate about connecting learning with ecological and human transformation toward a sustainable future.
The STEAM Colloquium wishes to thank The Chevron Corporation for its commitment to increasing Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics opportunities for all students.
We would like to invite you to become a sponsor of the SF Bay Area STEAM Colloquium. As a sponsor, you will reach educators, policy makers, and business leaders throughout the San Francisco Bay Area who are committed to increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics opportunities for all students.
For questions regarding the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Hilary Dito, STEAM coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 942-3396. We look forward to working with you on this important endeavor.