Laura J. Speer
The Walton Outdoor STEM Workshop
The Walton Outdoor STEM Workshop will enable our instructors to consistently create meaningful, memorable student experiences that truly "connect mathematics to other subject areas". This workshop provides students and teachers, in all subject areas, access to a hands-on outdoor learning space, featuring sculptures, crafted from recycled metal, incorporating pulleys, pendulums, ramps, levers, gyroscopes and a unit circle, all built on a concrete layout of the golden rectangle. These interactive sculptures enable our teachers' development and delivery of innovative lessons and experiments, facilitating student explorations of mathematical principles, as they relate to the fields of art, architecture, science, biology, physics, engineering and technology. Lessons formerly taught on paper are transformed through use of this space into dynamic, tangible student experiences with the potential for infinite creativity and a deeper, more profound appreciation of mathematics, as it relates not only to other subject areas, but to our daily lives as well.