Dallas’ talkSTEM is offering STEM-focused walking tours throughout the City of Dallas for the second year this summer.
Inspired by the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City, walkSTEM is designed to engage elementary and middle school students–and their parents and teachers–in the ways that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education, is relevant to our everyday world.
“Connecting STEM to the real world around students is central to making sense of otherwise abstract concepts,” said Dr. Koshi Dhingra, Founder and Director of talkSTEM, in a release focused on the initial walkSTEM program implemented in 2017. “walkSTEM aims to use the city as a living museum to help build connections in the minds of students.”
walkSTEM experiences are designed for anyone from the upper elementary grades to adults. The talkSTEM website offers these options for parties interested in the program:
- Students/families: join a docent-led tour, take a self-guided tour with our Oto-cast technology, visit a walkSTEM site with guiding signage.
- School Groups: use our standards-aligned resources on walkSTEM Academy to take your students on a walkSTEM experience when visiting the Dallas Arts District.
- Organizations: request a guided walkSTEM tour or contact us about creating a walkSTEM experience customized to your setting.
- Groups of 15 or more can request a FREE docent-guided tour of the Dallas Arts District. Contact walkSTEM@gmail.com
Current walkSTEM locations include:
- Dallas Arts District (Otocast recording or docent-led)
- Northpark Center – Art Rocks! (docent-led)
- Youth Department of Jonsson Public Library (self-guided)
- Dallas City Hall Plaza (self-guided)
- Dallas Love Field
walkSTEM locations to be added include:
- Girl Scouts STEM Center of Excellence
*Photo courtesy of talkSTEM
talkSTEM is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes conversation about the diversity of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) thinking in our daily lives, in our community, and in our world. talkSTEM was founded by Dr. Koshi Dhingra. Koshi has a doctorate in Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and ha s years of experience teaching at the middle and high school levels, as well as at teacher education programs. Most recently, she served as a director of the Science and Engineering Education Center at the University of Texas at Dallas. Learn more about talkSTEM and its programming by visiting the organization’s website.