Thank you to all who participated and attended the Bilingual STEAM event 2016.

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Event Features:

12:00 pm-3:00 pm: Trade Show

Featuring AISD Dual Language schools, Bilingual Private and Charter schools, bilingual educational and enrichment programs in the community. Click the above heading for a list of participants.

12:15 pm: Keynote Speaker, Rebecca Callahan

callahan_hs_2014Dr. Rebecca Callahan is an Associate Professor of Bilingual Bicultural Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, and a Faculty Research Associate of the Population Research Center. Her research interests and expertise to date have centered on the academic preparation of bilingual, immigrant youth as they transition from high school into young adulthood. This work has examined not only bilingual immigrant youths¹ academic experiences, but also their civic preparation, access to college-preparatory curriculum, and the relationship between their primary language development and young adult outcomes. Currently, as PI on Design Technology and Engineering education for English Learners: Project DTEEL, she directs the project¹s exploration of teachers¹ EL and STEM instructional capacity. She is excited to merge the findings from prior psychological and cognitive research on bilinguals¹ problem advantage with the design elements of engineering education to investigate elementary bilingual students¹ STEM achievement and integration through engineering design and problem solving. Dr. Callahan¹s work has received funding from the National Science Foundation, and the American Educational Research Association. She is co-author of Coming of Political Age: American Schools and the Civic Development of Immigrant Youth, and co-editor of The Bilingual Advantage: Language, Literacy and the US Labor Market. Her recently published work appears in American Educational Research JournalEducational PolicySocial Science QuarterlyTheory and Research in Social Education, and the Bilingual Research Journal

12:30 pm-3:00 pm: Children’s Workshops 

Click here for the workshop activity schedule.  Click the header above for more detailed information on each workshop/activity.

1:00 pm-3:00 pm: Speaker Panel Sessions

1:00 pm-2:00 pm: Parents’ Questions on Bilingualism:

Addressing Support, Concerns, Benefits and Realistic Expectations

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm:  Bilingualism/Multiculturalism in Practice:

How Multiculturalism and Bilingualism add value to Careers in STEM Fields.

3:00pm-4:00 pm: Performances 


Dance Another World is an English language immersion program taught through dance.  Serving non-native English speaking students from lower-socioeconomic areas, students learn to communicate through creative movement.

POETRY PERFORMED BY ROBERTO GERMAN roberto-german-professional-pic

Through poetry, Roberto affirms bilingualism and biculturalism by weaving together issues of culture, language, race, and identity. Through his powerful voice he challenges us to look inside ourselves and our communities as a way to bring about change.


Experience different genres of music in different languages, from soothing Jazz in French to melodic Middle Eastern music in Arabic.

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About the Bilingual STEAM event:

The word “steam” is associated with power and energy.  The word also serves as an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.  Bilingualism (including bi-literacy) and multiculturalism power learning and development in these disciplines.  How?

Bilingualism: The skills required for both learning and using multiple languages are important skills that are also necessary for success in STEAM. They include:

  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Ability to internalize Multiple Perspectives and Approaches
  • Ability to Identify different Patterns and Logic flow
  • Because some disciplines are founded in a root language.  The learning of similar based languages can enhance content and knowledge in that discipline.

Multiculturalism fosters collaboration and bridges communities once divided.  It breaks down barriers and help children grow up to be better global citizens.

Future jobs demand it!  More and more professions require multicultural and/or bi-literate bilingual skills.  The best way to develop these skills is to start when a child is young so that when he/she reaches high-school or college, a child has a higher chance of being proficient in a second language and have a greater awareness of and/or connection with other cultures.