Ruth Catchen

Ruth Catchen, B. Music, M.Music, MAreceived her Bachelor of Music degree from American University and her Master of Music degree from The Catholic University of America, in Vocal Performance and performed with many distinguished opera companies, conductors and orchestras in the United States. Later in her career, she turned her direction to music education and founded a youth chorale with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in Naples, Florida. They performed with the orchestra as well as with well-known conductors such as Pops great, Erich Kunzel. After moving to Colorado, Catchen focused her attention to public education, hoping to better its quality and depth. She received her second master’s degree in 2007 from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in Curriculum and Instruction/Leadership. Catchen develops arts integrated, STEM/STEAM curriculum programs for both in school and enrichment, that bring educational opportunities to disadvantaged youth and other non-profit organizations. Her passion is to promote excellent instruction that supports teachers by connecting the arts to other core academics.   Along with being the Artist-In-Residence at Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy in Colorado Springs, Catchen has been published multiple times in the peer-reviewed The STEAM Journal and is currently working on best practices for P-20 STEAM education. Catchen serves as a resource for many prominent STEM curriculum writers and publications, including in the recent release STEM by Design by Anne Jolly.  Catchen is actively sought as a program and curriculum developer writing curricula for a wide range from Pre-K -12 to modules for teacher preparation programs and currently is the curriculum manager for Monthly Science Club.

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Ruth Catchen is available for full or part-time residencies.

Ruth Catchen is available for professional development.

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  • Make it! Move it!

    Workshop or Residency for grades Pre-K through K

    Professional Development for early STEM/STEAM education
    Discover and explore Simple Machines in Early Education Young children discover and explore the use of simple machines in the real world. This program can be a day workshop, a weekly activity, a unit theme, or an extracurricular program. Children will begin using early engineering skills, ask questions and solve problems. They will use and discover how the simple machines are in their life every day and create an invention to solve a problem.

  • Patterns — Music and math – how they connect.

    for grades K through 8th

    Professional Development for STEM to STEAM
    Students will discover and recognize mathematical patterns using music and demonstrating its connection to mathematics. They will learn about patterns, sequences, rhythm, observation and predicting what’s next. Explore the benefits of engaging with music to benefit mathematical thinking. Activities will include paper plate orchestra, making patterns with their bodies and discovering patterns in the world around them.

  • When Math is art!

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 8th

    Professional Development for STEM to STEAM
    Discover fractals, tessellations, Fibonacci numbers, The Golden Ratio and Symmetry.
    Students will make Kaleidoscopes and learn about all the different mathematical patterns that are used in art and how light travels to make these patterns in a Kaleidoscope. Students will analyze and critically reflect about the art of M.C. Escher, Van Gogh, Picasso and DaVinci and discover where mathematical art is found in nature and our every day world.

  • Weather Wonder

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 8th

    Professional Development for STEM to STEAM
    Experience weather and its impact in your life while demonstrating characteristics of weather (wind, sun, rain, tornadoes, storms) through physical movement and art. Students will use weather elements to create art and make storybooks in which they encounter weather hazards and have to design solutions, through drawing them in their story, to solve those problems.

  • Space Travel – How to Survive in Space

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 8th

    Professional Development for STEM to STEAM
    This can be a unit theme or lessons specific to which topics you would like to develop for your class or after school program. The tasks reflect integrated content and range from designing a base station to have all the necessities for life on the moon or another planet, specifics for space travel survival including space suits, and how to grow food in space. Students will learn about zero gravity, nutrition and body systems, design and build, and more! The STEM content is implemented and reinforced through arts activities for a truly integrated protocol.

  • Improvise!

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th

    Students engage with a variety communication skills, while using drama and theatre activities to strengthen improvisational skills while discovering their multiple intelligences.
    Students will develop better communication skills and enhance risk-taking ability while engaging in a variety of icebreaker activities using their imagination and teamwork. This activity gives students the opportunity to act, think out of the box, and be creative. As a result, students gain confidence to try things in other content areas. Drama activities encourage students to learn from those experiences, including fast failure. Linking left and right brain activity encourages students to innovate and create. Multiple intelligences are introduced and students will do activities to uncover theirs.

  • STEM to STEAM!

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th

    Create a lesson or unit that demonstrates how the arts connect to STEM curriculum. Lessons or units that connect to state standards (both NGSS and CCSS) designed. Possible subjects are: planetary science, space travel, architecture, food, restaurant design and menus.
    The marriage of STEM and the arts is transdisciplinary. These ideas show students how to make sense of the world rather than learning and memorizing isolated bits and pieces of content. Students will learn how to shape an argument and find compelling evidence to support their assertions. This is inquiry-based learning. Students will have discourse and dialogue. Collaboration and teamwork is a part of every learning experience. There will be less emphasis on science and math content and more on inquiry, investigation and analysis. Students explore why and how. Discovery is the task and students can direct some of their own learning. Students will embark on an adventure to design and pioneer the concepts of math and science while learning to communicate their ideas effectively. Not “getting it” is not an option.
    Also available as professional development.