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STEMArts pushes imagination

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In September, the Duke City will host the prestigious ISEA2012 conference and exhibition.

The conference, exhibition and series of events will explore the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature.

This initiative is part of the prestigious International Symposium on Electronic Art, the world’s premier forum for advancing exchange and innovation among artists, scientists and technologists.

The “ISEA2012 STEMArts Competition: Design Your Future” is open to students from grades 6-12. Deadline to be featured on the website is April 15 and the final deadline is May 15. Visit for more information. Entering the contest is free.

As host for ISEA2012, Albuquerque will join Istanbul, Helsinki, Munich, Singapore, Sydney and other major cities as an international center for creativity and technology.

In addition to the conference, there is going to be the “ISEA2012 STEMArts Competition: Design Your Future.”

The competition is open to New Mexico students in grades 6-12.

Nick Chiarella, ISEA2012 education program coordinator, says the competition is being presented by 516 ARTS and sponsored by Intel.

“We’re hoping to reach statewide with this competition,” he says. “We want to reach out to groups that don’t have access to technology and this competition is to get students to start thinking about technology.”

Chiarella hopes the competition will get 1,000 submissions. He says to participate in the competition, students are invited to create a visualization or image that best expresses their ideas for the future by exploring the ISEA2012 conference theme of Machine Wilderness, or sub-themes of power, transportation, wildlife, the cosmos, and creative economies. Entering the contest is also free.

“The images can range from a sketch on a napkin to digitally created collages,” he says. “Students will need to sign up and submit images online.”

Teachers also can have entire classes participate and can sign up online, as scholarships for at least 100 teachers to attend to conference on Intel’s Education Day will be available.

For competition guidelines, teacher tools, sign up, and more, visit the competition site online at To submit images online, and for questions about the competition, e-mail

Chiarella says the deadline to be featured on the website is April 15, but the competition doesn’t close until May 15.

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