Boomers and Beyond Elgin Villager January

Full STEAMAhead! By Staci Rae The term STEAM, referring to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, is often used when referring to the school system. In recent years, there has been an active push toward focusing on these areas of education in schools, and with good reason. STEAM subjects help students develop a variety of skills and problem-solving methodologies. But the benefits of thinking, working, and playing within the STEAM framework aren’t just limited to the school years. Engaging in activities that explore these areas are beneficial at any age, including in our golden years. The STEAM Centre understands this, and they offer a variety of activities and programming that is designed to benefit adults of all ages as well as children.

Whether it’s woodworking, sewing, or whatever, the STEAM Centrewelcomes guest instructors. That’s a great opportunity to share your expertise, expand your social circle, and stay active! As an added bonus volunteers get their membership free. (Seniors always get a 10 percent discount!). If you prefer to be a student rather than a teacher, there are always lots of workshops and classes on the schedule! What are you waiting for? Get out there and blow off some STEAM! The Centre is open 3-8pm Tuesday – Thursday and 10-6 on Saturdays. The STEAM Centre is located at 168 Curtis St.

The STEAM Centre is a creative playground for its members. “We are a creative community of makers and learners,” explains Executive Director Jessica Gransaull. “We can teach you how to make anything from your imagination.” The Centre offers access to laser cutters, 3D printers, and many other types of technology, allowing users to bridge the gap between

traditional arts (like sewing and woodworking) and modern technology. This is ideal for seniors who are looking to either get back into their favourite hobbies in a newway, or to find a way to bridge the generation gap between themselves and their grandchildren. “Today’s kids may not be interested in learning to sew,” says Jessica “but what if we could show them how to do it with conductive thread?” The STEAM Centre provides the perfect opportunity for seniors to teach the younger generation classic handicrafts while learning new technologies right alongside them. Speaking of teaching and learning, the Centre offers ample opportunity for community involvement. Doyouhavea specific talent you can share? Why not teach a class at the Centre?

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