Education Gains STEAM!

Program Combines Art and Science for After-School Programming

Education Gains STEAM!

In 2013, together with The Baum School of Art, Wildlands Conservancy launched after-school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programming for underserved populations in grades 1-3 in Allentown School District (ASD).

A longtime leader for STEM-focused school programs, Wildlands was inspired to add art to the mix, thanks to friend, supporter and senior director of environmental management at PPL Corporation, Tinku Khanwalkar.

“This program is so close to my heart and is being met with rave reviews by students, educators and administrators,” says Khanwalkar. “In talks with community school directors about gaps in after-school offerings, it turned out that there was a real need in this age group. And at such a formative age, the combination of science and art is such a wonderful way to transform the lives of our local youth, promote creativity, encourage responsible behavior and engender respect for the environment while providing enrichment in science and math.”

The eight-week inaugural program was offered to 60 students from McKinley, Cleveland and Central elementary schools, complementing science lessons on seasonal change, weather and soil composition with related art projects.

This initiative was funded in part by PPL Corporation and private donations. With the success of the inaugural program, Wildlands, in partnership with PPL and The Baum School, is seeking to expand the program to be offered to more students.