Sibling Brains: STEAM Workshop with Webster Groves blends art, science approaches to problem-solving

| May 29, 2015
Bob Hodson and Carol Hodson

Webster art professor Carol Hodson and her brother Bob, chief engineer in the NASA Game Changing Development Program, will team up for the keynote address.

Webster University and the Webster Groves School District are again partnering for a fascinating two-day workshop that brings left and right brain together, immersing St. Louis area teachers, professors and advanced students in hands-on problem solving exercises based on Next Generation Education Standards.

Held June 2-3 at Webster Groves High School, STEAM 2015 will blend art with the traditional “STEMM” fields for multidisciplinary problem solving. An inspiring component of this combination is two siblings who represent these complementary perspectives.

Webster University’s Carol Hodson, professor of Art in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, and her brother, Bob Hodson, the chief engineer in the NASA Game Changing Development Program, will team up for the keynote address, “Scientific and Creative Process: Siblings in Success.”

A lifelong artist, Carol was “drawing and painting at an early age while Bob was taking things apart in the basement to see how they worked.” Bob Hodson went on to degrees in engineering and doctorate in information science.

As part of the two-day event, Chris McGee, Webster alumnus and district coordinator of science and social studies for the Webster Groves School District, will lead a workshop, “Interdisciplinary Challenges Based on Next Generation Education Standards.”

For information on registration, contact Ed Grooms at


The two-day workshop for teachers, professors and advanced students combines STEM and Art in hands-on problem solving exercises.

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