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Spring 2016 GRASP Seminar Series and NRW: Youngmoo Kim, Drexel University, “Enhancing Learning through STEAM: Programs and Performances”

April 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Leaders in education, industry, and government have stressed the need for 21st-Century graduates to master not only technology, but also creativity and collaboration. To this end, the Expressive & Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center at Drexel University pursues transdisciplinary education and outreach activities, based on the arts-integrated framework of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics). The Summer Music Technology (SMT) program, driven by research at ExCITe’s Music & Entertainment Technology Lab, has served Philadelphia-area high school students for 10 years with a novel curriculum using music to motivate interest in science and engineering. A series of collaborative projects and performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and LiveConnections at World Cafe Live, as well as K-12 partners, further inform the lab’s research and learning efforts. ExCITe Center outreach activities also include learning to code by developing games to be played on the Cira Centre skyscraper (for the World’s Largest Videogame design contest) and programs combining fashion design, smart fabrics, and wearables, which aim to broaden participation in STEAM. Many of these are deployed through Drexel’s K-12 engagement platforms, including our NSF GK-12 site and the DragonsTeach program, which provide STEM graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities to pursue novel curriculum development and gain teaching experience. This presentation will explore how such collaborative programs and projects, particularly those integrating the arts and technology (alongside engineering, science, and math), can lead to improved student engagement and learning experiences.


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Youngmoo Kim is Director of the Expressive & Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University and Resident Technologist at Opera Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab and also holds Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music (Vocal Performance Practice) from Stanford University as well as undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Music from Swarthmore College. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) pursues activities at the convergence of technology and creative expression, including machine understanding of sound, human-machine(+ robot) interaction, and arts-integrated (STEAM) learning in science and engineering. He co-chaired the 2008 International Conference on Music Information Retrieval and was an invited organizer for the National Academy of Engineering’s 2010 Frontiers of Engineering conference session on “Engineering and Music”. Youngmoo is recipient of Drexel’s 2012 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013. He has performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, American Musical Theater of San Jose, and SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston).


April 8, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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