Rural America STEAMs Towards The X Prize Thru The Arts and Community Education

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Lights, Camera and Action take on science, technology, engineering, art and math, through The MovieMaking Process to rocket student skills upward. This innovative program is measurable, replicable and sustainable. Taproot, Inc. in Bay City, WI is seeking corporate sponsors to partner with to aim for The X Prize in Education by 2013.

Science, technology, engineering, art and math. Instead of just STEM, we're creating STEAM with The Education X Prize as our dream.

Taproot, Inc. will implement a unique Mobile Media Arts Lab beginning in the heartland of America that’s designed to rocket student skills upward in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The program is measurable, replicable and sustainable. Taproot is seeking donations and corporate sponsors to partner with to help launch the program for the start of school in Fall 2011 in western Wisconsin. The ultimate goal is to compete for the Education X Prize in 2013.

Taproot has a strong history as a developer of Media Arts prevention programs. In 2008, Taproot’s MovieMaking Process© was nominated to the Midwest’s Science-to-Service Academy as a Most Promising Prevention Program. “We’re now ready to apply it to Community Education and launch a nationwide adventure,” says Taproot’s CEO Linda Flanders. “The Goonies are about to meet Indiana Jones and go on a Smith Family Robinson adventure.” The program is an innovative Mobile Media Arts Lab built around The MovieMaking Process©, a researched developmental filmmaking process designed for prevention, intervention and accelerated learning. This new application is designed for Community Education and youth mentoring programs, focusing on engineering and math, using advanced technology and the preeminent American art form: The Movies. “Science, technology, engineering, art and math,” says Flanders, “instead of STEM, we’re creating STEAM.” Elementary school children will learn to produce science movies using The MovieMaking Process© and professional equipment. The program begins in rural western Wisconsin, with a ripple effect through Community Education and after-school programming nationwide. Scripts, lesson plans and how-to videos will be freely shared on the program website for easy replication.

The program will be evaluated by ACET, Inc., a nationally recognized evaluation team located in Minneapolis, MN. “Ms. Flanders is committed to having a strong evaluation system of accountability,” says ACET President Stella SiWan Zimmerman. Taproot is partnering with Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s statewide advocacy organization for the arts, art education and the creative economy, as a project consultant and fiscal agent. “We’re pleased to help Taproot make this program possible,” says Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin. “The arts are an important way to teach and learn.” Program sponsors will receive significant recognition for their support of this cutting-edge program, heading towards the goal of competing for the Educational X Prize in the 2013 school year. For more information and to sign up as a sponsor, contact Linda Flanders, 715-222-0920, taproot(at)redwing(dot)net or through the website http://www.createsteam.com

Taproot, Inc. is based in Bay City, WI and works throughout the upper Midwest. They are prevention program developers specializing in the use of the Media Arts. More information on Taproot is available at http://www.taprootinc.com. ACET, Inc., in Minneapolis, MN, specializes in the measurement and evaluation of education, public health and community-based programs in multicultural settings. More information is on their website, http://www.acetinc.com. Arts Wisconsin is Wisconsin’s leading statewide advocacy, service and development organization working and speaking up for art, arts education and the building of the creative economy. More information is available at http://www.artswisconsin.com

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