* Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the STEAM Residency Project in it's current form is on hold. If you are interested in programming for Fall 2020 please contact us. We'd love to discuss the possibilites.


The STEAM Residency Project 

Developed in collaboration with the KC STEM Alliance, Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) is proud to offer innovative STEAM Residencies, which pair a professional teaching artist with a classroom teacher to present STEM curriculum in new and creative ways.


Building upon the nationally-recognized Project Lead The Way (PTLW) LAUNCH curriculum for elementary schools, KCYA teaching artists integrate a variety of art forms into classroom lessons for increased student engagement and improved understanding of the academic content.



STEAM Residency Project Goals...


  • Teachers will learn how to integrate the arts into their lessons and build skills to replicate activities in the future.
  • Student engagement will increase in arts-integrated LAUNCH modules (and other STEM curriculum).
  • Students will gain 21st Century skills: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving.


Check out these Selected Findings from the evaluation of this integrated arts education program.


Teaching Artists and classroom teachers have developed
some amazing projects! 

Kindergarteners used dance to learn computer coding.
First graders sang songs as they learned about animal adaptations.
Second graders created puppets and made documentaries about erosion.
Fifth graders used drama to learn about how diseases spread.



The Residencies consist of:


1 Professional Development Session 

During this hands-on session, classroom teachers will work alongside professional teaching artists. Together you will explore and practice different ways to use the arts to teach STEM lessons. Presenters will include teacher/ teaching artist pairs who have participated in previous STEAM residency projects. You will leave this interactive and informative session with specific ideas on how to integrate the arts into PLTW Launch and other STEM curriculum lesson plans. Not included in 2020-2021 STEAM Residencies.


4 Hours of Planning Time with the Teaching Artist and Team 

These planning sessions between you, your partner teaching artist, and a KCYA staff member, will help you plan which specific Launch modules (or other STEM curriculum) will be taught or reinforced through arts integration.


7 Classroom Visits by the Teaching Artist 

Your partner teaching artist will come to class to teach or co-teach with you the specific PLTW Launch/ STEM lessons you’ve chosen for integration. These sessions will be customized based on your needs, interests, and experience.



STEAM Residency Project Fees for 2020-2021


The STEAM Residency may be available as an online program, please inquire.


1 Classroom $1,210
2 Classrooms* $2,090
3 Classrooms* $3,135
4 Classrooms* $4,180

*Workshops must be scheduled back to back.


Grant Funding


Unfortunately, there is no grant funding for the project currently. Please contact us for more information. 



"When Jay did the intro with the kids, I thought,
'That's really cool. they're having so much fun!' It hit them.
They see how we took those elements he taught them with
miming and used their bodies to build simple machines.
For us it's not just a cool fun thing. It's actually a way for them
to learn and make those connections."

Emily Flynn, Librarian, East Antioch Elementary



Interested in a shorter residency? 


Try the Mini-STEAM Residency including:

  • 2 Planning Sessions
  • 4 Classroom Visits by the Teaching Artist


1 Classroom $660
2 Classrooms* $1,140
3 Classrooms* $1,710
4 Classrooms* $2,280

Workshops must be scheduled back to back.




To learn more please contact Rachel Cain: RCain@KCYA.org or call 816.531.4022 ext. 1011.



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