Webinar Series#2 From STEM to STEAM: A Scientific Rationale News

On Tuesday, April 30th, Get to Know will be hosting the next in our series of monthly webinars to share great ideas, activities, and resources for using the creative arts, technology, and outdoor activity to connect youth with nature. This month we feature renowned speakers Dr. Mark Holder, Dr. Pat Winter and Marcia Klein. These experts in their fields will be discussing STEM to STEAM: A Scientific Rationale.

The STEM rationale discusses the importance of incorporating categories of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as integrated education curriculum. to promote innovation and create a skilled workforce to fill a growing demand for high-tech jobs. This century, Art + Design are poised to transform our economy just as science and technology did in the last century, and need be added to the education equation — to transform STEM into STEAM. STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals to integrate Art + Design to promote innovation. Holder, Winter and Klein will focus on the role of nature in the well-being of youth, and the effectiveness of art in inspiring youth and how it connects to the STEAM movement. 

Dr. Mark  Holder

Dr. Holder is now an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, where he teaches psychology and behavioural neuroscience. He leads a research team that is identifying factors that contribute to happiness in children (e.g., temperament, social relations, and spirituality). His team is also investigating strategies to enhance happiness in adults. Dr. Holder earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley.He then completed his postdoctoral training at the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. His research has recently been featured in over twenty newspaper articles including the Globe and Mail (March 2008) and the National Post (February, 2008). The Vancouver Province (March 2008) referred to him as “one of Canada’s leading academics on the study of happiness.” He regularly appears on television including recently on Global TV (March 2008) and BCTV (March 2008). Dr. Holder is an award winning teacher and researcher.

Marcia Klein

With over 25 years experience teaching and learning with students in the Outdoor Classroom, Marcia Klein shares her passion for nature and a sense of wonder through arts. She currently works in Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan as the interpretation supervisor. Previously, she coordinated an outdoor education centre for students with Saskatoon Public Schools, where art was integrated with sciences and other subjects for all grade six/seven classes.

Dr. Pat Winter

Pat Winter is a Research Social Scientist and Team Leader with the Pacific Southwest Research Station. She has been with PSW since 1992. She holds degrees in psychology from the University of California at Irvine (BA) and Claremont Graduate University (MA and PhD). Her work is focused on increasing environmentally responsible actions, managing natural resource recreation opportunities for a diverse public, sustainable recreation and tourism, sustainable operations, trust between the public and managing agencies, and perceptions of and reactions to risk.

Join us on April 30th at 11:00am PST by registering here. 


Don’t forget - we’ve got many more exciting webinars happening all summer - each webinar will cover a different topic, from best practices to use art, music and photography to connect with nature. The best part is they are completely free and are guaranteed to be informative!