Empathize. Define. Ideate. Prototype. Test.


The theme of the 2021 NV STEAM Conference is Design Thinking. The Conference will be presented virtually, beginning with a keynote on Wednesday, February 3, followed by an evening online gathering Friday, February 5. The additional keynote and all workshops will take place Saturday, February 6. 


Design Thinking is a strategy used by artists, designers, and scientists alike. The “Design Thinking Process” (Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test) is an approach that can be used across all disciplines and is critical to developing 21st-Century skills that translate from the classroom to the workforce.


A Nevada Museum of Art exhibition, We Belong Herewill support the themes of the NV STEAM Conference. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection with several key loans from contemporary artists, We Belong Here will highlight various ways that artists and scientists tackle difficult concepts to make the inaccessible, accessible, and the invisible, visible. Educators from across the state will be able to access the exhibition through a virtual walkthrough presented as part of the Conference.




The Nevada Museum of Art, in partnership with the Desert Research Institute’s Science Alive program, hosts an annual statewide conference to push the boundaries of STEAM Education.


Hosting more than 300 educators from across the Silver State, the NV STEAM Conference is the most important statewide event for exploring ideas and strategies that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math into pioneering classroom practices that foster student creativity.


In collaboration with Nevada Department of Education; Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology; the STEM Advisory Council; and the NV STEAM subcommittee comprised of leading arts, science, and educational organizations from across the state, the NV STEAM Conference inspires innovation through engaging, hands-on workshops and nationally recognized keynote speakers.