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Arts on the Go consists of fully integrated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education modules created by ARTfactory staff and module designers Eric Vasey, DK Stewart and Thomas Hannon with academic consultants Nancy Pallo and Karen Moffitt. Each of the modules is a multi-faceted mobile interactive exhibit, providing a unique platform for understanding science through hands-on, creative lessons and activities.

Arts on the Go currently has four self-contained, interactive modules with a distinct theme for each. Three modules have been designed for use in elementary schools and two modules have been created for middle school students. The materials and exercises presented within the modules reflect and reinforce grade-level Standards of Learning (SOLs) in all subjects.

How to Participate in Arts on the Go

Each school will host a module for approximately 10 school days. The modules cycle through the schools in Manassas City, Manassas Park and Prince William County through a cooperative partnership between the ARTfactory and sponsors NOVEC, Micron, and SPARK. Interested schools should contact Candace Penders at the ARTfactory to schedule a module for the current school year. Approximate measurements for each modular system are included in the following summaries.

Each module has 6-7 activities included with it, which can be covered in class in several hours. Instructions and materials are included in the module’s supply chest.

Habitats Module for Elementary School (1st-3rd grade)

The Habitats module introduces the theme “plants and animals coexist in different types of environments and ecosystems by sharing a wide array of interrelated resources”. Activities include:

  1. Producers & Consumers: Ecological symbiosis and diversity presented in two different diorama displays
  2. Flower Power: Flower parts studied in soft sculpture floor puzzle and silk flower arrangements
  3. Virgin Forest floor puzzle: The beauty of a rainforest interpreted by master artist Henri Rousseau
  4. Illustrating a Food Chain: connections drawn for four habitats through crayon rubbings
  5. My Footprint on a Healthy Earth: Group mural will depict community conservation commitment
  6. Positive/Negative Impact: Discussion and game inspired by the book, The Great Kapok Tree.

Habitats module system consists of:

  • 2 standalone wall units on wheels: 65″ high x 36″ wide x 22″ deep
  • Puzzle Tray for Virgin Forest floor puzzle
  • Supply chest on wheels

Energy Matters Module for Elementary School

The Energy Matters module’s theme is “Energy & Matter–exploring how energy matters to us every day!”

  1. Starry Night Energy:
  2. How You See It!:
  3. Three Energy Giants puzzle:
  4. Experimenting with Colors:
  5. To Renew or Not to Renew:
  6. “Trash to Treasure” Art Competition:

Energy Matters Module consists of

  • 3 standalone wall units on wheels: 65″ high x 36″ wide x 22″ deep
  • Supply chest on wheels

PowerUP! Energy Exploration Module for Middle School

The PowerUP! module introduces the theme

Table Manners: Periodic Table Module for Middle School