Let’s get digital! Digifest South begins in December 2021. Digifest South is a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Expo for Middle and High School Students in North Louisiana. The Bossier Arts Council, organizer of this event, has brought back the online part from last year and schedule a few in person events (Covid permitting). On Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 7:00pm listen to DigiMusic at the free outdoor concert. Local artist Nate Treme and Twang Darkly perform at the East Bank Plaza. The 2021 Expo happens on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 10:00am-6:00pm. This year, the expo takes place at LSU Shreveport. It’s free to attend and students receive hands on exhibits.
The Bossier Arts Council wants students in Northwest Louisiana to expand in digital art education. Their main goals are:
To inspire students to seek education in the arts
Demonstrate economic significance of digital skills
Emphasize the importance of STEAM education models
They have refocused some of their plans from in-person events to online events. They have several ways to implement DigiFest South as a virtual conference. Each month, they highlight a different part of S.T.E.A.M.
Giving some background on STEAM, November 8th is National STEM/STEAM Day. Dr. Judith Ramaley is credited for launching the STEM-centered education approach. She developed the criteria for the National Science Fountain in 2001. Schools and universities through the United States and other countries grab hold and implemented STEM. The STEM focuses on providing the United States and other countries with advantages in science and technology. The U.S. leads in those fields, the number is shrinking overtime and other countries are surpassing in the number of people going into workforce for those fields. This is where STEAM comes in.
STEAM became an addition to the criteria because in the education system there was success in the students being more well-rounded in knowledge of art. Throughout the country schools and universities have taken advantage of incorporating arts and music education in K-12 criteria. In 2015, The Every Student Succeeds Act states a passage that mandates to provide students with a “well-rounded education” as part of their accountability review system. With this focus on arts education, students can explore broader range of interests.
For more DigiFest South information and about STEAM, click here to visit their website.
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