Sign up for two interdisciplinary PreK-12 workshops exploring art, nature, and new technologies the day of the event.

All workshops are hands-on, 1 hour and 45 minutes long, and include standards aligned lesson plans.




Pioneer Stories of the Western Landscapes

Sierra Arts & Bruka Theater

Please join us for an engaging and creative journey that is sure to bring everyone’s pioneering spirit to life as we travel back in time to gain a better understanding of the environment’s role and how it continues to influence our way of life. In this hands-on session, we will use effective arts integration teaching strategies to explore the content and bring the story to life.

Research has shown that using arts integration teaching strategies, students are more engaged in the learning process and retain information at a deeper level. Arts integration strategies use the creative process as pedagogy to connect to core subjects. These strategies can be easily incorporated into any classroom setting.

Wayne and Miriam Prim Theater – 1st Floor

(AM and PM Sessions Available)


Fly Like a Goose and Build Like a Bee! Explore STEAM through Biomimicry!

Sierra Nevada Journeys

Come join us for a fun, exciting session of interdisciplinary hands-on activities built around the concepts of biomimicry! Participants will work together to explore the science behind how humans use nature to solve problems, engage directly with the natural world, and make connections as genuine learners. This is a participant driven session, so come ready to talk with your peers, observe with your senses, and build like an engineer. Discover how biomimicry and STEAM work hand-in-hand to bring new life into your classroom curriculum!

Mathewson/IGT Founders Room – 3rd Floor

(AM and PM Sessions Available)


Pedagogy: Past and Present (K-5)

The Discovery: Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum & Discovery Children’s Museum Las Vegas

We invite you to join The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and the Las Vegas DISCOVERY Children’s Museum as we explore the incorporation of inquiry-based learning strategies into formal learning environments over the years.

Learn how to use the design thinking process to build a creative culture in your classroom, while addressing the challenge of organizing activities that provide all students with opportunities to develop integrated understandings of the Nevada Academic Content Standards for Science. Creative minds foster advances in science and innovation, and hands-on experiential learning in the classroom encourages new ways of thinking!

Nell J. Redfield Learning Center – 3rd Floor

(AM and PM Sessions Available)


After Audubon Gallery Sketching: Digital Design with iPad Pro

Nevada Museum of Art

Join the Museum education team in the galleries for an experience blending art, science, and technology. Like the incredible work of artist Penelope Gottlieb, explore how artists are using new digital technologies to create works inspired by John James Audubon. Create your own work of digital art, inspired by your observations, using iPad Pros provided for the group. Space is limited!

Carol Frank Buck Gallery – 2nd Floor

(AM and PM Sessions Available)


Scientific Illustration and Nature Observations

Sophie Banspach, CDC

In this two-hour course, students will learn the basics of anatomical illustration with a focus on birds. Students will observe and study anatomical structures and forms, creating a final anatomical illustration of a bird. Using micron pens and graphite pencils, students will explore scientific illustration to create their final artwork. Bird references and taxidermy specimens will provide inspiration.

E.L. Cord Museum School – Classroom C

(AM and PM Sessions Available)


Charcoal Drawing: Wildfires + Burning Native Plants

Rachel Stiff

The workshop will be a drawing workshop using wildfires and native plants a launching off point. We will investigate the role that Artimesia tridantata (sagebrush) plays in our regional ecosystem and take a look at how it is incorporated into cultural meaning. The student’s will be taught some drawing basics and will study the plant through sketches. Wildfires will be a supplemental theme. The class will look at what happens to an ecosystem that has been burnt (chemistry, reforestation, ecology, GIS mapping). This segment will parallel how charcoal is made connecting the natural cause to the fine art product.

E.L. Cord Museum School – Classroom A

(AM and PM Sessions Available)


Book Making and Nature Journaling

Nevada Museum of Art

Walk in the footsteps of John Muir, John James Audubon, and Charles Darwin. Join the Nevada Museum of Art Educators to explore book making and nature journaling. Get special access to working artists sketch books and nature journals from the Museum archives, create your own book and discover new ways to collect, record, and document your observations of the natural world. This workshop is appropriate for all grades.

E.L. Cord Museum School – Classroom B

(AM and PM Sessions Available)


State of Robotics Inspired by STEAM

Desert Research Institute

AM Workshop

Join Tesla Workforce Development and Education Programs Director Chris Reilly as he presents the overarching mission and programs fostering robotics across the state. Participate in discussion focused on the Robotics Academy of Nevada, an educational and training resource for educators bringing robotics education and computer science into the classroom.

Later, explore artistic robots. What if robots created art? How can this happen? This is a hands-on session where participants will create a robot and it will in turn create a work of art for us to analyze and appreciate. Could this be the next influence on our understanding of visual art?

Nightingale Sky Room – 4th Floor


State of Robotics Inspired by STEAM

Desert Research Institute

PM Workshop

Enjoy a panel of Nevada’s premiere robotics organizations attempting to bring new technologies into classroom learning. FIRST Nevada Robotics, REC Foundation Robotics and others will give an in-depth overview of school involvement with a question and answer session.

Later, participate in a hands-on, minds-on activity for your classroom where we will tie geometry, engineering, and biomechanics into a fun and creative visual representation of the fauna of our world. Come and build a caterpillar, turtle, bird, elephant or more and discover the ways that these designs support robotics design.

Nightingale Sky Room – 4th Floor