STEAM & Social Justice- Creating Spaces for Equity
From Blair Banks
STEAM & Social Justice: Creating Spaces for Equity
Sterling Slaughter, Jeff Mather, and Courtney Bryant
After 10 years in the classroom at Drew Charter School and 15 years working in the East Lake community, I was asked to head a pilot class that incorporated the tenants of S.T.E.A.M. & Social Justice. It was to be a class open to both middle and high school students that linked advocacy and innovation. Since it was to be an enrichment offering, and for an added level of difficulty, cycling was to be integrated as well. I was tasked with making connections between these three separate entities, each that could warrant its own curriculum. In this presentation I will be sharing the story of how this class was designed to address equity in S.T.E.A.M. education and also engage students in an exploration of social justice issues that are of immediate concern in their community, such as gentrification, food deserts, lack of representation of artists of color, even design issues that uniquely impact African-Americans, like creating bicycle helmets that accommodate their hair styles.