Two Professors Secure Grant to Foster Interest in Technology and the Arts

(Aug. 22, 2015) — The American Association of University Women (AAUW), the nation's leading organization promoting equity and education for female students, recently awarded $7,000 to Armstrong State University Art professors Rachel Green and Angela Horne for their Community Action Grant proposal, “FashionTECH: Engaging Girls in STEAM through Fashion.”

The grant, along with support from Armstrong and Telfair Museums, will fund a seven-week STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) program, set to begin in October, which will encourage an interest in technology through active learning in the arts.

“We are honored to receive funding from the American Association of University Women,” said Horne. “We look forward to partnering with the community to implement this program and to supporting area female students with an interest in technology and the arts.”

Designed for 20 rising high school female participants from Chatham, Bryan and Effingham County, the workshops will allow students to merge technology with fashion, transforming upcycled, or refashioned, garments into wearable tech fashion.

Under the guidance of five Armstrong students and Fine Arts faculty, the girls will use sensors, LEDS, and 3D printing to turn accessories and clothes into light-up wearable artworks that respond to movement and sound.

The wearable artifacts will be shown in a special exhibition in December for participants' family and friends. In February, the creations will also be displayed during the Telfair Museums' annual PULSE Festival at the Jepson Center.