OAEA Conference 2015

OAEA Conference 2015: Building Bridges - Creating STEAM

Building Bridges: Creating STEAM

The Ontario Art Education Association’s 2015 Conference is to be held in Barrie, Ontario, at Georgian College on evening of Friday, November 6th, with workshops at Bear Creek Secondary School on Saturday, November 7th, 2015.

The focus of the conference will be the integration of Visual and Media Arts with Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM). Globally, STEM has drawn the attention of Ministries of Education and school boards as the new ticket to competitiveness in the job market. We all realize that the challenges of this decade and of those that follow will demand creative thinking and astute problem solving if we are to solve many of the world’s issues. As Arts Educators, we realize that STEM won’t get us there on its own. Strong innovators are both convergent and divergent thinkers with a powerful role in fostering flexible thinking, collaboration, and creative thinking. The integration of STEM-based activities insures breadth, depth, and scope for today’s art teacher.

Applying real-world 21st Century problem solving is necessary to our field of visual literacy as we bear witness to scientific and global changes. We as educators and artists need to find a position for the ARTS within STEM to ensure we have STEAM in our schools, in our boards, and beyond.

Makerspaces, sometimes referred to as hackerspaces or DIY spaces, provide opportunities for people to gather, create, invent, and learn. They can include 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. This year we are offering a Makerspace where you can visit one or more open tables from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..

We encourage you to participate by attending workshops and our Makerspace event. Click on the links below for more details.

Price Schedule for Conference

  • August 1 to  September 30  EXTENDED to October 15!Early Bird Special: $175
  •  October 1  October 16 to October 31 – Regular Price: $225
  • Occasional/Supply Teacher Discount* Price: $125
  • University Undergrad, Faculty of Ed. and Full-time Masters, Ph. D. Student Discount* Price: $100
    * VERIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY MUST BE PROVIDED or full price will be charged.

CLICK HERE to go to the conference registration page!
You will make your workshop choices during Registration Check Out.

Out of Towners: Click here for information on the Conference Hotel Accommodations