ART IS NOT EXTRACURRICULAR - IT IS ESSENTIAL
Art generates creative thinkers who drive innovation, inspire empathy and define culture. Creativity is the core of innovation. Without it, we compromise the future's leading minds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
During ArtPrize Nine, the STEAM Village - powered by Switch - was visited by thousands of families and students who experienced immersive hands-on STEAM activities.
- FIRST® Robotics: Teams from Grand Rapids Public Schools, East Kentwood and Flint created robots that ArtPrize visitors will be able to control - making them move, draw and erase in the arena.
- KCAD FlexLab: Casey Newberg - senior at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) - engaged visitors in a pop-up interactive design and production studio.
- Tinker Tables & Pop-Up Workshops: Axis Labs, The Geek Group, Grand Circus and Treefort made drop-in appearances throughout the 19-day event, bringing visitors a 3D printing demonstration, pop-up laser cutter workshops, and a VR station.
- VR Experience: Visitors experienced 2016 Public Vote Grand Prize Winner, Wounded Warrior Dogs and 2016 Juried Grand Prize Winner, The Bureau of Personal Belonging in virtual reality
FIRST ROBOTICS PARADE
FIRST Robotics teams from across the state, gathered at the Children's Museum, bringing with them their robot creations for a parade to ArtPrize HUB/HQ.
FIRST ROBOTICS KEYNOTE
Don Bossi, President of FIRST, gave a thought-provoking keynote address in the ArtPrize Studio at HUB/HQ. He discussed the role educators, parents, and business leaders have in safeguarding that all students – especially those who are underrepresented in STEAM – have equitable opportunities and pathways to success that ensure uniquely creative, diverse, and innovative career prospects. He explored the convergence of art and science and how FIRST engineers and inspires a new generation of leaders and problems solvers engaged in meaningful experiences at the intersection of multiple disciplines.