The CO• “STEM to STEAM” Symposium

Friday, April 8  |  4-6 PM

OSU Campus, Learning Innovation Center (LINC), Room 100


This inaugural symposium of The CO• brings together makers of objects and makers of policies to discuss the challenges and rewards of integrating the Arts into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. The symposium’s six speakers represent a rich variety of perspectives on this subject, and this diverse group will help us to consider “STEAM” as a complex network uniting national policy and local practice, public collectives and private philanthropy, and K-12 education and university research. Each speaker will have 10 minutes to discuss an important aspect of STEAM education. This topic will be drawn from the speaker’s past experiences, but will illuminate more general ongoing challenges for STEAM education or advantages of integrating the sciences and the arts to address 21st-century problems.


The symposium will take place in the “auditorium in the round” (Room 100) of the Learning Innovation Center at Oregon State University. After brief introductions, each panelist will be asked to speak for 10 minutes. At the end of the hour, participants and audience members will be asked to continue the conversation in a 30-minute Q & A session and at an informal reception sponsored by HP, which will follow in the SEC Plaza between the Memorial Union and the Student Experience Center.


(for more information, check out the Symposium Speakers page)

Suzanne Bonamici, US House of Representatives

Bryony DuPont, College of Engineering, Oregon State University

Ken Olsen, Corvallis Makers Club

Eric Schulze, Ask Smithsonian

Cynthia Spencer, The Arts Center

Mike Town, Lakeside School