From the perspective of an artist, engineer and educator, Kai Kaoniexplores the importance of art in innovation curriculum. Using his own photography and paintings as a backdrop, he describes how the new STEAM education initiative could create the next generation of great American thinkers.
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Painting Nepal - Documenting the Adventure
BY MEREDITH MEEKS
@ VOL 4
ON MAR 02, 2017
Meredith Meeks shares the experience of artists going through a transformational period in their career. Bruce Aiken is a world renowned painter of the Grand Canyon and has devoted his life to capturing its beauty through his artwork. Now he has left the bottom of the world's most iconic canyon, to travel to top of the world - the Himalayas. For 33 years, Bruce lived in the Canyon with his wife and children, relentlessly painting the scenery around him. At age 66, Bruce was rattling his cage. His goal was to paint different scenery. But what he discovered was something different -neither expected nor calculated. Tashi Tsering is a mountain guide and community leader from Nepal. He met Bruce while guiding him through the Himalaya to Gokyo Ri - the ideal vantage point for Bruce's paintings. On their trek, Tashi shared his life altering story from the Gorkha Earthquake in 2015. He lost his wife, his daughter, and members of his extended family. His home village of Langtang lost their elders, their homes, and their economic lifeline - the tourism industry. Tashi is currently working to rebuild his village and preserve their culture for future generations. He told Bruce of the reconstruction efforts that begun immediately following the earthquake in April 2015. Tashi's story moved Bruce to go to Langtang to witness the devastation firsthand. Bruce started taking in beyond the landscape - but began painting people.
Career benefits from studying abroad
Over three teaching-abroad experiences, Tim Clark observed students rapidly gaining many of the kinds of personal and behavioral qualities that employers say they most highly value in job candidates. As these qualities are hard for students to bulletize, and even harder for interviewers to assess and validate, study-abroad experiences can connote these crucial distinctions.
I Bike Flagstaff
BY JOSH TERRONEZ
@ VOL 4
ON MAR 02, 2017
Josh Terronez grew up riding bikes in the Midwest before he began cycling around Flagstaff, AZ. While riding across Iowa with a group of friends, Josh came up with the idea of I Bike Flagstaff; a cycling focused, all inclusive group, aimed at connecting cyclists of all abilities community wide.
Why Stories Matter
We live in a world brimming with stories. It begins in childhood when fairy tales shape our dreams. Stories happen in every kitchen, where recipes and family folklore are passed down from one generation to the next. We are surrounded by stories told through film, literature and music that comfort and inspire us. Stories help us communicate our beliefs while hoping others will embrace them. Kim Yuhl believes that this is why stories matter.
Arizona Trail App
BY AARON SEIFERT
@ VOL 4
ON MAR 02, 2017
In the over 30 years of the Arizona Trail Association’s existence, there hasn’t a better one-stop navigational tool than the Arizona Trail App. Aaron Seifert, GIS Director for the Arizona Trail Association contributed greatly to the content of this new App with re-created and precise geography from the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The Arizona Trail App uses your GPS to locate you on the trail plus contains the trail track, over 1100 waypoints of details, profiles, pictures, and more all within an App that one can use with an Android or a iOS mobile device.
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About the City's Organizers
I'm an Architect in Flagstaff and I believe in the power that design has to transform a city and that's why we brought PKN to Flagstaff. We hope everyone gets inspired to get creative!
After years of practicing structural engineering in Chicago, I uprooted and traveled around North America, landing in Flagstaff, Arizona two years later. I have a passion for teaching, learning and mountain biking and spend nine months out of the year in the classroom teaching engineering and construction management. My two young children keep me challenged during the balance of the year.
I like building things: houses, buildings, furniture, organizations. I'm excited about Pecha Kucha because I like to watch how ideas collide when creative people connect.