Mission STEMCAP

Mission STEMCAP is a five-part programming series that takes place at five different youth-in-care facilities.

A group of students at each of the five facilities will work with STEMCAP staff and guest presenters for about one period a day over a span of two weeks on one of the five environmental “Grand Challenges” of today: biodiversity loss, pollution, overconsumption, extinction, and climate disruption. The “mission” is to help students learn about, respond to, and teach others about their assigned grand challenge through multiple workshops, activities, and lectures facilitated by the STEMCAP staff while demonstrating to students the ways that they can tackle grand challenges in their own lives.

Extinction

Schedule At-A-Glance

Day 1: Frame The Challenge

Day 2: Documentary Film – Racing Extinction

Day 3: Documentary Film- Racing Extinction, film discussion

Day 4: Art/ Science Workshop – Creative Writing, Found Poems

Day 5: Science Right Now – Dr. Bill Newmark, Local Extinction

Day 6: CorRESPONDence – Communicating about Environmental Challenges

Day 7: Utah Museum of Fine Arts – Virtual Museum Tour

Day 8: Art/Science Workshop – Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Thaumatropes

Day 9: Student Symposium

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Biodiversity Loss

Schedule At-A-Glance

Day 1: Frame The Challenge

Day 2: Documentary Film – Racing Extinction

Day 3: Science Right Now – Conservation Biology

Day 4: Utah Museum of Fine Arts – Virtual Museum Tour

Day 5: Art/Science Workshop- Creative Writing – Collage

Day 6: Art/Science Workshop – Thaumatropes

Day 7: Science Right Now – Ants

Day 8: CorRESPONDence – Communicating about Environmental Challenges

Day 9: Symposium

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Student's thaumatrope artwork. The circular pieces of cardstock have an image on either side and a stick out the bottom - like a lollipop. When the stick is spun between one's hands, the two images seem to blend into one image, or to compliment one another.

Climate Change

Schedule At-A-Glance

Day 1: Frame The Challenge

Day 2: Documentary Film – Chasing Ice

Day 3: Science Right Now – Trees – Steven Kannenberg

Day 4: Art/Science Workshop – Creative Writing – Haiku

Day 5: Art/Science Workshop – Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Day 6: Utah Museum of Fine Arts – Virtual Museum Tour

Day 7: CorRESPONDence – Letter Writing

Day 8: Student Symposium

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Pollution

Day 1: Frame The Challenge

Day 2: Documentary Film – Sonic Sea

Day 3: Documentary Film – Sonic Sea, film discussion

Day 4: Art/Science Workshop – Creative Writing, Found Poems

Day 5: Science Right Now – Environmental Justice, Dr. Sara Grineski

Day 6: Science Right Now – Solar Power, Brenna George

Day 7: Utah Museum of Fine Arts – Virtual Museum Tour

Day 8: Art/Science Workshop – Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Air Pollution,

Day 9: CorRESPONDence – Communicating about Environmental Challenges

Day 10: Student Symposium

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Overconsumption

Day 1: Frame The Challenge

Day 2: Documentary Film – A Life on Our Planet

Day 3: Documentary Series- A Life on Our Planet, film discussion

Day 4: Science Right Now – Technology and Water, Tiana Birrell

Day 5: Utah Museum of Fine Arts – Virtual Museum Tour

Day 6: Art/Science workshop – Creative Reuse, Josh Graham

Day 7: Art/Science workshop – Creative Writing

Day 8: Science Right Now – Environmental Justice

Day 9: CorRESPONDence – Communicating about Environmental Challenges

Day 10: Student Symposium

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Chimera collage: sloth's body, wings to the left, fish tail to the right ("just keep swimming"), and a monkey friend hanging from the bottom.