About the event:
A FIRST FOR AFRICA!
Do you believe we need more problem solvers, innovators, social entrepreneurs, thought leaders and change makers to design a better future? Not to be missed!
JOIN THE REVOLUTION! LET”S EMPOWER ALL CHILDREN!
See the great line-up of speakers below
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More about STEAM:
A well-timed collaboration between Finland (100 years old 2017) and South Africa. With an uncertain global economic climate, a focus on innovation can ensure a prosperous future. Traditionally, innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – also referred to as the STEM subjects. However, Art + Design are poised to transform economies and push innovation in the 21st century. STEAM will empower all children with vital 21st century skills of which creativity and a multifaceted set of skills are going to be crucial to be successful in a fast changing world especially as we are fast approaching the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Creative skills have finally been recognized as the core ingredient to add significance and meaning to a business, product, system, environment and even in service. Now integration between different fields of studies and cooperative learning have become vital to drive a shift in education from STEM to STEAM.
STEAM is a global movement, championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals from around the world, to add Art + Design to the STEAM equation —transforming STEM to STEAM and bringing a focus to the development of innovative entrepreneurs. http://stemtosteam.org
The objectives of the STEAM movement are to:
- transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM
- encourage integration of Art + Design in education across all learning areas
- influence employers to integrate design thinking as part of their DNA and to hire artists and designers to be at the forefront of driving innovation
What to expect on the day
Although the STEAM Symposium will have an education focus education is the foundation of a much bigger ecosystem that will drive socio-economic development and prosperity of a more inclusive world. STEAM will develop key qualities in all people so that they can add value no matter their career choice. Leaders in sectors like engineering, business, technology and service industries that have already adopted and recognised creativity as the core that adds significance and meaning to their business will be invited to share their stories of success and motivation behind this new strategy.
This will not only emphasise and support the education agenda of STEAM with great credibility but will also elevate the participating organisations as companies that really cares about education and the development of a future generation that’s better equipped with skills that will empower them to tackle the challenges of the future with confidence.
Kristof Fenyvesi PhD (Finland)
STEAM Methodology Grades 1 – 12: A researcher of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Trans- and Multidisciplinary Learning and Contemporary Cultural Studies in Finland, at University of Jyväskylä’s Department of Art and Culture Studies. Vice-President of the world largest mathematics, arts and education community, the Bridges Organization (www.bridgesmathart.org). In 2016 he was invited to the European Mathematical Society’s Committee for Raising Public Awareness. In 2013 he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of International Symmetry Association (www.symmetry.hu) and in 2008 he started Experience Workshop—International Math-Art Movement for Experience-oriented Education of Mathematics (www.experienceworkshop.org). In 2016 he was invited by European Commission as a STEAM expert for H2020 projects evaluation. His main areas of research are mathematics and art connections in learning. Kristof is also the founder of the Experience Workshop, which exercises the practical manifestation of STEAM education. The Experience Workshop will be hosted at Open Design 2017 for the first time.
Prof Mugendi M'Rithaa (Kenya, South Africa - world traveler)
(Giving an African perspective with global relevance): President of the World Design Organisation, Prof. Mugendi K. M’Rithaa is an industrial designer, educator and researcher at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He studied in Kenya, the USA, India and South Africa and holds postgraduate qualifications in Industrial Design and Higher Education, as well as a doctorate in Universal Design. He is widely traveled and has taught in Kenya, Botswana, South Africa and Sweden and is passionate about various expressions of socially conscious (and responsible) design, including: Designerly Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change; Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability; Distributed Renewable Energy; Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Participatory Design; and Universal Design. Mugendi has a special interest in the pivotal role of design thinking in advancing the developmental agenda primarily on the African continent. He is associated with a number of international networks focusing on design within industrially developing (or majority world) contexts. Mugendi is also Africa’s first President of the World Design Organization™, formerly known as the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. Much of his work focuses on the importance of WDO (World Design Orginisation) in supporting the aspirations of younger designers worldwide.
Richard Perez (South Africa - Cape Town)
Founding director of the UCT School of Design Thinking (d.school) at the University of Cape Town. Funded by Hasso Plattner the d.school is a unique offering in South Africa that leverages the d.school network of both Potsdam, Germany and Stanford, United States. It is the only African School of Design Thinking that is officially affiliated with Stanford and Potsdam, drawing on the unique expertise, research and networks of these two institutions. Previous to this Richard spent 3 years at the City of Cape Town as the Director for World Design Capital 2014, where he had the unique experience of working to embed a culture of design-led innovation in a government administration. During this time Richard led a transversal team within the City to unlock collaboration, creative thinking and innovation towards developing effective models for delivering services that respond to the needs of users from local communities across the socio-economic spectrum. Richard will address advances for business through Design Thinking.
Abbas Jamie (South Africa - Cape Town)
Abbas Jamie is the Director for Innovation and Transformation at Aurecon, the largest engineering consulting and advisory business in Africa. He is a seasoned businessman and corporate executive with a strong track record of experience in both government and private sector. He holds qualifications across the engineering, business and futures fields. He is a registered professional engineer and has operated at a senior level within the local and international engineering consulting environment. His specialist areas include Business Strategy, Afrikan Innovation, Transformation of corporate South Africa and Futures Thinking. He is responsible for driving Aurecon’s Innovation Programme in Africa as well as crafting Aurecon's transformation strategy in South Africa. He has recently been appointed as the Community liaison Africa for the World Design Organisation.
Jacqueline Beling (South Africa - Johannesburg)
Jacqueline is a Graphic Design Lecturer at the Greenside Design Center College of Design in Johannesburg where she teaches in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. She has been an educator for the past 9 years and has been a Graphic Designer for the past 15 years. Her passion for both Design and Education has led her to develop cross-disciplinary programs within the education sector where she hopes to encourage Innovation as a teaching tool from foundation level upward to senior phase. Jackie will speak about re-visualising a holistic approach re teaching and Learning through visual design strategies. She will also explore "STEAM" SPACES: A HOLISTIC LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: A Steam intervention of Teaching and Learning Spaces. Using design thinking strategies learners will be able to create their own Innovative learning environments. Students become the ‘makers’ of their own education by bringing the classroom to the 21st century. Students learn important skills through this process such as analytical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving strategies, understand how to bridge the language gap and take ownership of their own education.
Marco Rosa (South Africa - Cape Town)
Marco Rosa is the managing partner at Formula D Interactive and has a passion for technology, education and gaming. In his position as Managing Director he gets the chance to work with teams of super talented experts in all of those fields to create solutions that impact people in a meaningful, positive and FUN way. He is also the co-founder of the Learning Innovation Design Lab and will be sharing the Innovation Design Lab journey and the impact in schools.
Prof WA Olivier (South Africa - Eastern Cape)
Prof Werner Olivier currently is the Director of the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He has a background as a research mathematician and HoD of the Maths and Applied Maths Department at NMMU, but also actively practices the scholarship of engagement with the view of improving the quality of teaching and learning of mathematics at secondary school and TVET college level. His passion and experience in STEM education is centered in the development, implementation and testing of large scale practical teaching and learning models in secondary schools that are technology rich and customized for challenging socio-economic learning environments. The goals are to design and test innovate offline support models to improve the quality of teaching, learning and appreciation of STEAM in education. He held a national Chair in Mathematics Education at NMMU over the period 2011-2015 during which he did extensive action research with off-line techno-blended teaching and learning models for learner incubation and classroom support. His work over the past five years also included a strong focus on in-service teacher development and modern approaches to establishing professional learning communities of mathematics and science educators in under-resourced school environments.
Dr P Collett (South Africa - Eastern Cape)
Dr P Collett from Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre will discuss will discuss TouchTutor® Quiz: designing an innovative mobile application to connect learners to curriculum content and mathematical problem solving opportunities. The presentation will describe the TouchTutor® Quiz application, showing its features for Maths competitions and access to self-assessment and revision based on the CAPS syllabus. Participants at the Symposium will have the opportunity to use the application and make suggestions for its improvement.
Location: Auditorium, Cape Town City Hall, Darling Street
Darling Street, Cape Town