Events & Programs

STEAM Power: Turn On The Heat With Creativity & Innovation In Teaching


Pacific Science Center proudly partners with the Museum of Pop Culture and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center to bring teachers STEAM Power, a day dedicated to inspiring and supporting educators in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Take part in your choice of two, 2-hour, skill-based workshops at these Seattle Center area venues, a stimulating full lunch keynote and tasty snacks throughout the day. These workshops are designed especially for educators addressing a broad spectrum of STEAM learning, highlighting key topics from each organization’s specific areas of expertise, taught by each organization’s staff and professional educators.

STEAM Power will take place Feb. 2, 2019. The format and timing will be similar to the 2018 event with exciting new workshops. Registration will open in early November, with updated information posted to this page.

Our 2018 program:

Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The cost to attend STEAM Power is $55, includes a light breakfast, lunch and snacks, and seven Washington state clock hours are available. Call (206) 443-2925 for more information about the event.

Workshops are tailored to elementary and secondary levels.

February 24, 2018 Workshops:

STEAM for Global Good at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
Explore innovations that use simple materials, apply science and engineering, and can make a positive difference in the world. Get hands-on, create your own working microscope, and take the gift of discovery back to school with you.

STEAM in Action: Making a Mars Lander at Pacific Science Center
Designing a mission to Mars requires creativity, scientific reasoning, engineering solutions and even a little bit of luck. Join us in the Willard Smith Planetarium and in our Tinker Tank in this hands-on workshop where you can plan, design, and test some of the many aspects of a mission to Mars.

Mapping New Worlds: Fantasy Storytelling in 3-D at MoPOP
Learn interdisciplinary strategies to turn stories from your curriculum into 3-D maps, using design, engineering, and modeling. Participants will use the Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic for inspiration in integrating “creative cartography” into their classroom activities! What world will you create?

Lunchtime Keynote: Space Needle, Then and Now. See STEAM at work and hear first-hand about the ingenuity, artistry, and architecture of the Space Needle’s most historic renovation with architects Alan Maskin & Blair Payson from Olson Kundig.


8:30-8:45 a.m. – Registration and light breakfast at Pacific Science Center
8:45-9 a.m. – Welcome at Pacific Science Center
9:15-11:15 a.m. – Session 1
11:15-11:45 a.m. – Free exploration time at each institution; travel to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
12-1 p.m. – Lunch, followed by keynote presentation at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
1:15-3:15 p.m. – Session 2
3:15-3:45 p.m. – Free exploration time at each institution; travel to MoPOP
4-4:30 p.m. – End of day survey, clock hour forms, and afternoon refreshments at MoPoP


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