World with STEAM’ really rocked at Rock Hall, Science Center
The 15th annual “Rock Your World With STEAM” family
festival, held on May 17, 2014, was a marvelous mash-up for the
entire community in the Cleveland Metro area.
“Rock Your World,” a free public event held jointly at the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Great Lakes
Science Center, is about the arts. There were seven stages,
featuring jazz bands, choirs and a sneak peek at the upcoming
All-City Arts musical “Rent,” scheduled for May 30, 31,
and June 1 at the Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square,
1519 Euclid Avenue.
But the annual festival was also about academics, especially
science, technology, engineering, and math. That’s the STEM that
gives the event a strong backbone. Students from MC2STEM High
School, STEM-oriented elementary schools Hannah Gibbons,
Orchard, Michael R. White, and George Washington Carver
and others had dozens of displays, including a robotics demo.
Rock Your World With STEAM is also very much about reaching out
to the CMSD community, telling families -- and Northeast Ohio --
stories of great things happening in their schools and with
More than 3,000 CMSD students contributed or took part in Rock
Your World With STEAM, which is part student performance and
part student exhibition. It ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
inside and outside the Rock Hall and Science Center.
“Really, it’s about the integration, the intersection, of all of
those things,” said Tony Sias, director of arts education
for the District and co-organizer of the program. “It begins
with the integration of the arts and academics, but it includes
our families and the public, as well.”
Sias coordinated the fest with Tracy Hill, executive
director of the District's Office of Family and Community
Engagement (FACE), charged with reaching the CMSD community with
information about the schools and helping to meet their
“We are trying to engage parents and caregivers about the
importance of STEM curriculum and the arts,” Hil said. “This is
about preparing their students to be global citizens who are
ready to compete in the 21st Century economy, which is more
technologically based than the world that they grew up in.
families [were] able to see so many arts and STEM projects and
programs, but also the Cleveland Browns Foundation [were] on
hand to give away summer reading books and backpacks,” said Ms.
Hill. The Browns Family Fun Tent included face painting, games,
Created in 2002 as an arts festival held at the Rock Hall, the
event expanded about three years ago, Sias said, to acknowledge
the diversity of a broad-based education in Cleveland schools,
and because FACE had been holding an annual outreach event on
the same weekend.
“Tracy and I got together and said, ‘We really need to partner
on this,’ ” Sias said. “It was far better to bring it all
together than to compete.”
This year, in coordination with the City of Cleveland's Office
of Sustainability, the event is focused on the idea of “Zero
“We think that speaks equally well to the arts side of things
and the STEM side,” Sias said. “We are interested in our
students working on exploration, answering the 'what if' and the
'how to' questions.
“Historically, we had often tried to educate in silos, but now
we are trying to create access for all kinds of learners and
this event is a demonstration and a celebration of that.”
Sias said an example of cross-discipline learning might be a
student who struggles with math concepts but is able to access
mathematics through the regimen of music.
“All of this allows students to think critically, and that's a
very important key,” he said.
photo are Raquel White (née Ortiz Villanueva) White and Meg
Corrigan, teachers at Hannah Gibbons STEM.
the Internet: www.clevelandmetroschools.org