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Mike Yager (Young Audiences)

RESIDENCY REQUEST

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RESIDENCY GOALS

  • To facilitate creative, self-directed problem solving. Students work together applying concepts from the classroom and their own research to solve open-ended, real world problems
  • To gain familiarity working in an iterative design process.
  • To model hands-on building and tinkering as active meaning-making tools. Students gain confidence learning and investigating new concepts through their creative process.
  • To develop familiarity with practical design and fabrication skills such as mixed media and ceramic sculpture, woodworking, electronic design, and digital media.
  • To foster joy and wonder, for these are the only suitable motivations of deep, contextually rich learning.

BIO

Mike Yager is an integrated arts and sciences educator and freelance inventor who has taught in schools, universities, and community events since 2009. He currently coordinates the Maker Space program at the Portland Children’s Museum and teaches arts and technology classes for learners of all ages. His artwork is a lighthearted, quizzical, and interactive, exploring contemporary issues and personal histories by way of electrical engineering and mixed media sculpture.

DISCIPLINES

3D Visual Arts,

GRADE BANDS

K-2,3-5,6-8,

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English, 

LANGUAGE DETAILS

Fluent, 

WORK WITH STUDENTS

the Maker Studio
The Portland Children’s Museum’s Maker Space is a fully equipped drop-in studio that encourages young learners to experiment, explore, and invent — building astounding creations of their own or joining in our community projects. A wide array of recycled and donated materials are available for student use along with a library of hand and power tools. Facilitated science, engineering, and arts programs are open weekly.

 

Workshops and Events:

 

Wind Turbine Engineering Challenge
In this one day workshop, Middle school students formed teams and competed to design and prototype the most efficient wind turbine. While learning to manipulate plastic, wire, and other materials, students built and tested turbines then used digital tachometers to track their design’s efficiency in real time.

 

Rocketeer Roundup
Elementary aged participants designed, built, and launched paper rockets, experimenting with practical aerodynamics and paper sculpting techniques to craft their own rocket, then blasting off with compressed air.

 

Mini Battle Bots
Students experimented with pager motors and a variety of materials to craft their own amazing sumo robots and compete with their peers.

 

Afterschool residencies
Ceramic Sculpture – Artifacts & Arty-Fictions
Participants in this afterschool camp studied ancient cultures from around the world and shared what they learned with classmates. Then, working in groups, they imagined a new civilization and used clay to sculpt creative counterfeit artifacts of their own.

 

Cardboard Contraptions
Working individually and in groups, elementary students built a series of Rube Goldberg inspired chain reaction machines.

 

STEAM Camp
Each day of this elementary afterschool camp brought exciting new experiments and arts experiences, from micro biology inspired fiber sculptures to the composite properties of homemade playdough.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Language Arts: My residencies are designed to explore science and the arts through the lens of Imaginative play and storytelling, creating diverse opportunities for content connections.

 

Social Studies: Studies of historical innovations offer valuable insights into the daily life of past cultures and provide fertile ground for hands-on experimentation. Real-world events and challenges provide an inspiring stepping off point for creative design projects.

 

Mathematics: Grade level appropriate mathematics concepts are introduced alongside engaging projects helping to make them relevant and relatable

 

Science: Is the coolest subject! My residencies are specifically targeted to provide compelling science-based explorations.

 

Technology: Electronic prototyping and micro-controller programming offer fascinating possibilities to middle and high school level programs.

GALLERY

RESIDENCY LOGISTICS

Space: Flexible

 

Travel: I drive and am available for residencies more than 15 miles outside of Portland.

 

Breaks longer than an hour will be charged.

 

Supplies: Common and specialized supplies as well as found objects are used. Supplies are tailored to the goals and focus areas of each residency. They may range from recycled paper and tape to circuit boards and soldering irons.

 

Technology: none

 

FEE INFO

Residency session / workshop hourly rate: $70

Planning and reflection meetings: $70

Research / Class Preparation / Project & Equipment Prototyping: $70

Travel: Standard IRS Mileage reimbursement rate for schools greater than 15 miles round trip from downtown Portland.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900 x229

Email:

kstrelchun@therightbraininitiative.org

Website:

https://mikeyager.weebly.com

REFERENCES

Jean Costin

Case Manager Assistant/Records

jean.costin@springfield.k12.or.us

541-744-6383

Centennial Elementary School

Maria Schaad

STEM Parent and Partnership Coordinator

schaad_ma@4j.lane.edu

541-525-2294

Arts & Technology Academy

Megan Dyer

Visitor Engagement Manager

mdyer@portlandcm.org

503.506.0475

Portland Children's Museum


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