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STEAM:

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) is a new initiative at East Los Angeles College developed with the goal of engaging students and members of the general community in the appreciation of art through a scientific viewpoint, and the appreciation of science from an artistic perspective. During the next six semesters, students and the community will be able to join us in a unique journey in which we will explore the art of sound production, the engineering of television production, masterpieces art conservation, and the physics of the human body in motion, among other topics. This STEAM initiative was made possible through funding from the US Department of Education, to help stimulate awareness of the impact of science in different areas of our life, while aiming to increase the number of students pursuing a degree in STEM.


PART I: The Human Voice as an Art Instrument

In partnership with the LA Opera, and in collaboration Dr. Dinesh Chhetri, Associate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA, we explored the human voice as an art instrument. Through the understanding of the physiology of voice production we gained a deeper appreciation of the masterpieces of the opera.


PART II: Technology as a Media Art

We are proud and excited to have partnered with Academy Award® winner Scott Stokdyk, Hispanic Heritage Foundation Chairman Emanuel Pleitez and with Novelas Educativas®. This installment focused on technology and its influence on media. We premiered the production of our first STEM Novela, Cultivando Raíces a short novela/ film which shows the struggles and success of students entering the STEM discipline. We have also produced a Documentary, Diversifying STEM Education which captures the perspective of leaders in the STEM fields and the community leaders on what more can be done to address the STEM gap and motivate Latinos and Latinas to endeavor those fields.


PART III: The Art of Video Games

East Los Angeles College seeks to not only increase the number of Latinos transferring into STEM fields, but also to unite theory and its application.

Join us for a jam packed evening of transformation from traditional STEM practices to innovative solutions. In partnership with LOFT (Leaders on Fast Track), industry experts, and city and state leaders we will highlight the Video Game industry, explore career opportunities, learn employment forecast, and connections to help build a seamless integration of STEM and the Arts in this field will be showcased.

The event will feature an informative panel of experts who will address careers and pathways to the Video Game Industry followed by interactive and hands-on demonstrations from multiple video game companies in the Greater Los Angeles Area

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PART IV: The Art of Conservation

East Los Angeles College seeks to not only increase the number of Latinos transferring into STEM fields, but also to unite theory and its application.

This semester's installation on Mixing Arts and Science will focus on the conservation of murals, with the focus on a particular historic and controversial mural in Los Angeles, América Tropical by Mexican Muralist, David Alfaro Siqueiros. Siqueiros was commissioned to create a mural at El Pueblo of Los Angeles in 1932…América Tropical. The unveiling of this mural was met with great animosity which led to it being whitewashed by 1938.

We invite you learn from a panel of experts the art of conservation, the engineering behind the mural, and the controversy that surrounded Siqueiros’ work. We will also hear of the impact of science on the arts and the integration of arts in science by renowned artist and muralist, George Yepes.

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