Milagro Middle School has been invited to participate in a unique interdisciplinary and intercultural exploration of the universe as part of the Santa Fe Institute’s InterPlanetary Festival. (I=)UNIVERSE is a STEMarts Lab production in collaboration with multiple departments at SFPS, including Art, Science, Technology, and Native American Student Services. Under the guidance of artist/educator Agnes Chavez, these four departments are working with Milagro Middle School teachers and leadership to offer an intensive, hands-on workshop that includes digital technology, particle physics, and Native-Western science connections. Experts in all of these fields will serve as contributing scientists, artists, and storytellers throughout the project. The project includes a 2-week workshop with 60 students from Milagro’s new STEAM program led by Megan Avina and Grace Mayer with visits from Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning, LANL astrophysicist, Shane Wood, Quarknet staff/ particle physics instructor, Steve Tamayo, Lakota artist/cultural specialist, as well as virtual visits from Geneva with Dr. Steven Goldfarb, CERN physicist and from Austria with Tagtool founder/artist, Markus Dorninger.
(I=)UNIVERSE culminates with the following student performances:
- Innovation EXPO: Full STEAM ahead! A re-imagined and innovative take on the traditional school science fair. Santa Fe Convention Center. February 13, 2020, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Student projections start at dark.
- Santa Fe Institute Interplanetary Festival. August 20,21,22. Tipi installation at the Railyard. Students live painting performance start at dark.
Workshop Sponsors: SFPS, Thornburg Investment Management, Quarknet, ATLAS@CERN
IPFestival Performance Sponsors: SFI’s Miller Omega Program, LANL Foundation, Jennifer & Bryan Murphy