Debuting in the spring of 2017, walkSTEM is a community outreach program in the Dallas Arts District created in partnership with the National Museum of Mathematics in New York. The program consists of free guided walks designed to engage elementary and middle school-aged children and their families in learning about how math is alive in the world around us all. walkSTEM launches on March 14, 2017. First Saturday monthly walks will continue from April 1, 2017 onward.
Who can participate in walkSTEM?
We welcome anyone who is interested to participate. Our trained walkSTEM docents (area teachers who have received special training to facilitate the walks) will tour groups of 20 people, including children and their families, on a uniquely designed walk that lasts 45 minutes. There will be two different levels of walks available – one for upper elementary and one with a middle school focus. Our goal is to reach 1,200 walkers in our first year of programming.
There are also opportunities to become a walkSTEM docent. In late February 2017, the Dallas walkSTEM program will train an initial cohort of approximately 70 local educators to facilitate the monthly walks. Research on the impact of the walkSTEM program will be conducted by the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. walkSTEM docents will also receive a stipend to facilitate monthly tours. To learn more, visit the walkSTEM docent tab above.
Where is walkSTEM?
walkSTEM@Dallas Arts District is our inaugural event and will be focused on the opportunities for learning in the Dallas Arts District, the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation located in Downtown Dallas. It is accessible via the DART Light Rail at the Pearl Street Station.
We are excited to announce that we will also have a customized walkSTEM experience launching at NorthPark Center in Dallas beginning in April 2017. walkSTEM@NorthPark Center is in collaboration with their phenomenal art program for families, ArtROCKS, as well as other art program experiences coordinated by NorthPark Center.
We envision a growing number of walkSTEM experiences and sites as we collaborate with partner institutions who want to design experiences in which STEM is seen as dynamic, relevant, accessible to all, and fun!
When is walkSTEM?
walkSTEM will kick off the inaugural walk season in March 2017 in conjunction with Pi Day (3/14). Following the debut (which also coincides with Dallas Independent School District spring break), walkSTEM walks will happen monthly on the first Saturday from specific points in the Dallas Arts District.
walkSTEM@NorthPark Center will be available in conjunction with NorthPark’s free ArtROCKS program for families.
How can I participate as a walkSTEM docent?
We are looking for energetic and creative thinkers who are excited about connecting learning to the real world. We know that such people have limited time and have designed the program with this in mind. The time commitment to be a walkSTEM docent is not great and scheduling is individualized. The goal is to build a community of like-minded educators who will use the walkSTEM experience to grow as educators and to grow curricular offerings in all settings and neighborhoods. If you are an innovative educator looking to join a community of like-minded individuals and you are looking for ways to make learning fun and relevant to the world around us, please complete this form.