STEAM workshop series held for local teachers in Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Partners in Education Leadership (PIE) in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center held a teaching artist workshop series for arts integration at the Riley Center in Meridian.

The mission of the workshop was to offer teachers insight on how the arts impact young people academically. This year’s goal was to equip teachers in Meridian and Lauderdale County with innovative approaches to science, technology, engineering and math (STEAM), by infusing the arts into learning experiences.

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at MSU Meridian, Dr. Penny Wallin, says this a great kick-off event for the three part series of workshops.

“We have a series of three workshops, this is the first today with teaching artist Melanie Rick from the Kennedy Center who flew in from California last night to be with us today. She is a visual artist and a Thespian, and she will bring her workshop which is entitled ‘think like a scientist’, developing scientific skills using visual arts,” says Wallin.

The workshop will be followed by a demo session with students from Oakland Heights Elementary School. MPSD also had kindergarten students from throughout the district attend the play "The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories."