Art and Education student Elizabeth Orbán teaches critical thinking at Proviso Math and Science Academy
October 31, 2013

Student Projects Link SAIC and Chicagoland Schools

This month students at Proviso Math and Science Academy modeled and constructed art-making machines, a project designed by Art Education student Elizabeth Orbán (BFA 2013) to boost higher order thinking skills. After studying conceptual machines by artist Rube Goldberg, Orbán and co-operating teacher and alumna Kathleen Maltese (MFA 1982) challenged teams of students to collaborate on their own contraptions. "One of the most important aspects in education in the 21st century is developing how to think critically and creatively," says Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA. "Projects such as this one help do that and help develop the creative visionaries who will become leaders in whatever they do." Additional SAIC-affiliated projects in Chicagoland schools this fall include a collaboration led by faculty member Karyn Sandlos and non-profit Scenarios USA. The project links SAIC grad students with middle school and high school students at ten Chicago Public Schools to teach screenwriting curricula. SAIC Admissions also hosts the All-City Senior Portfolio Exhibition and judges the All-City Competition, from which 35 CPS students are awarded over $2.5 million in scholarship dollars. Over the past 3 years, SAIC has seen a 237% increase in applications from Chicago Public Schools.