Lucinda Hanks Presley Will Create Interdisciplinary Education Strategy For Science-Tech-Art Center
SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 11, 2009 — The Leonardo science-tech-art center has hired Lucinda Hanks Presley as the organization's education consultant. Hanks will create a comprehensive strategic education plan that will emphasize the integration of disciplines, and address learning styles and delivery methods. The plan will also include specific strategies for The Leonardo's on-wheels, online and onsite education initiatives.
In addition to her consulting work, Presley also serves as director of the Institute Where Creativity Empowers Education Success, which seeks to increase teacher and student engagement and creative thinking, and promote discovery in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and arts disciplines. To achieve its mission, the organization partners with high-level institutions, including: NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, MIT's PIE Project, and Harvard's David Edwards' Boston 100K Prize Initiative.
From 2003 until 2009, Presley served as the science/arts director and director of special initiatives at The Discovery Science Place in Texas. In this role, she developed curriculum and teacher training programs that integrate the arts, creative thinking, and inquiry with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines, social studies and language arts. During the first three years Presley worked at the Science Place, she was responsible for increasing museum attendance by over 9,000 students and teachers, approximately 18 percent of total attendance.
Presley is a regular presenter at educator conferences and training sessions. She holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas.
Opening in 2011, The Leonardo is a science-tech-art center fostering creativity and innovation in young people and adults. Located in the heart of Utah's capital city, The Leonardo will offer on-site, on-wheels and online programs that include exhibits, hands-on activities and workshops, classes and special events. For more information, please visit www.theleonardo.org.
Lisa Davis James