Five Sandia Prep teachers attended the recent 6th Biennial Design Science Symposium at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Science teachers Dr. Chuck Buxbaum and Ms. Amy James, art teachers Ms. Mary Nakigan and Mr. Waseem Touma, and engineering and robotics teacher Mr. Arren Buck attended a series of lectures, discussions, and hands-on workshops on how innovation and design are connected through art and science.
Dr. Buxbaum stated, "We want to develop projects that incorporate our three disciplines and challenge the 20th-century paradigm of departments being mutually exclusive entities."
Our faculty members toured the famed RISD Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab and saw how their students were integrating art and science to tackle all sorts of design problems.
The event showcased how, through multiple cultural lenses, the design science framework can address the complex, real-world problems we face today, according to the Design Science website. Its goal was to incorporate various cultural perspectives, knowledge systems, ways of relating to nature, and creative problem solving.