Art of Science Learning

Archives for March, 2011

The Power of the Science Fair

I can still remember how excited I got in junior and senior high school when it was science fair season. My friends and I would kick around ideas and make elaborate plans for what we were certain would be that year’s shoo-in winner of the school fair. And once we captured the school’s top prize,…

Reasoning versus Imagination?

Jack Hassard wishes us well (and tasks us with being as provocative as we can) in his blog named after his book, The Art of Teaching Science (Oxford, 2004). Summarizing his own approach to science education, he credits Jacob Bronowski as his main inspiration, especially his belief that reasoning and imagination work closely together. Hassard…

Have you recently assessed how your students relate to science? I clearly remember when I was young watching old movies and television shows that depicted scientists as older men with glasses, crazy white hair, and lab coats. Have today’s students’ images of science changed? What about artists? Do they all have mustaches and paint on…

I am Peter Economy, and I have for as long as I can remember been a fan and practitioner of both the arts (specifically, the musical arts) and science. Some years ago, I had the very good fortune to be invited by Harvey Seifter to help him write a book on New York’s Orpheus Chamber…

Welcome to The Art of Science Learning!

The Art of Science Learning is an NSF-funded exploration of how the arts can strengthen STEM skills and spark creativity in the 21st-Century American workforce. The project will be launched this spring with conferences in Washington, DC (at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, April 6-7), Chicago (Illinois Institute of Technology, May 16-17) and…

A major focus of The Art of Science Learning project is about attracting more students into the sciences and helping these STEM students become more creative and imaginative as they participate in the workforce. But we should remember this is not just about the “STEM students” and assisting our physicists and engineers become more creative.…