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Combining Science and Arts can help students engage more deeply.

When we consider how to connect science and arts, we think about using art to support science. We think of making a paper plane and teaching children about planes, make something with a science theme and teach them the subject.

But we could instead turn that around and use science experiments as a way of bringing art to life. Or use art as a way to explore some of the questions about design and ethics that arise in the work of science.

As educators, we have seen that regardless of the setting, most children show low interest in science. They see it as facts and rote memorization although easier than other subject but still pointless,… rote learning.

So, in both our classwork and our field workshops, we needed to create more meaningful connections to the sciences, and incorporate arts that allow students to engage in a different way.

The art behind the science and the science behind the art suddenly became something students could see, feel, and experience. They could see science as being creative. Showing students how scientific concepts connect to things that they’re passionate about allows them to gain confidence in their subjects. It also challenges them to move beyond the traditional expectations of science classwork to become more open-minded and think creatively.

 

We have developed a series of science lessons in tune with the Cambridge board curriculum. These lessons help students come to see that creativity can be a part of science and build confidence as they realize that science is broad—not just a singular subject.

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