STEAM/EDUCATION

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Shrinkage bars made from clay samples at Good Will Hinckley Campus

Science -Technology -Engineering -Art – Math

That pretty much sums up just about any clay project.   You can tie ceramics into just about ANY historical or cultural time period . This makes clay the obvious choice for educational purposes. Not to mention that everyone  loves clay. It’s an ancient love and it can spark a desire for learning for kids who resist other methods. Throw in some healthy brain development by using of your hands and body and I don’t know why more people aren’t promoting this!  I can tell you that clay has saved more than one at-risk or behavioral student and it can make a huge difference in your life or  the life of your struggling student(s).

I’ve been working with Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine along with my colleague Liz Proffetty to create some specific projects that the arts educators can access. We are also working on a special program that can tie into your curriculum whether you are an art, science, math, or history teacher. This is being developed so please stay tuned as we roll out our first lessons.

We’ve been working with Potters for Peace to create a ceramic water filter that can remove bacteria from local water sources. This will not remove contaminants or pollutants and is not designed to filter chlorinated water from your faucet. Potters for Peace works in third world countries where there is little to no access to clean water. They are transforming and saving lives with their work. We are recreating a similar filter with our local clay utilizing our math, science and engineering skills as well as our  Design and Art skills to create ceramic receptacles to hold the water. Students can be socially active and have fundraisers to support the work of Potters for Peace.

There will be more information forthcoming about this and other exciting projects. Here’s what  Argy Nestor had to say when she came to visit Watershed during our Summer Teacher’s Residency in 2016.