Let’s get digital! Digifest South is happening from October 2020 – February 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, decided to go virtual this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. However in celebrating their 10th annual education conference, they thought outside the box and are going online.
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 their plans from in-person events to online events. They have several ways to implement DigiFest South as a virtual conference:
- Video Presentations – Local businesses will provide a 5-10 minute video demonstrating how they use STEAM education at their jobs.
- Virtual Tours – This would be a “virtual tour guide” that anyone can visit. Local colleges and universities perform live interactions using a 360 degree camera. The virtual tour will help students see the activities performed in real time.
- Activity Kits – These are package activities create around STEAM for students K-12. They can be picked up at Bossier Parish Libraries and at the council.
- Digital Arts Competition – If you are a digital artists, the DigiArt show is back! The competition is between digital photography, graphics, 3D renderings, Illustrations, Photoshop, and web design artists. A cash prize awarded to the winner!
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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