Art of Science Learning

i-7874bdccefab6fac4addadf79805dd9f-starfish11-thumb-780x545-66557.jpgI am just now recovering from last week’s Art of Science Learning conference in San Diego. For something that lasted just one-and-a-half days, there was an almost overwhelming amount of great presentations, great information sharing and exchange, and — above all — great people dedicated to moving the idea of the Art of Science Learning forward.

When I first made plans to attend, I did so as an observer. However, soon after the presentations began on the first morning of the conference, I became an active and engaged participant. Each presentation provided me with a deeper understanding of the innovation gap in our nation today — a gap that threatens our ability to compete on a global stage — and the need to ensure that the arts are a key part of our educational equation moving forward.

The challenge is huge, but I am convinced that each of us can make a difference. Already, two breakout groups that I am aware of have scheduled their first meetings in San Diego to continue to advance the conference agenda.

And I am personally committed to doing the same. In my role as Associate Editor of Leader to Leader magazine, I will invite thought leaders to write articles about how the creative arts can improve worker creativity and innovation. And in my upcoming role teaching a class in creativity and innovation at San Diego State University this fall, I will ensure that the arts play a major role in my syllabus. Finally, I will continue to network and make connections with others — both in and out of the Art of Science Learning community — to continue to move the agenda forward.

And like the star thrower in Loren Eiseley’s story, I’ll continue to try to make a difference. One starfish — and one step — at a time.


  1. #1 SC
    June 27, 2011

    So I guess my analogy will lie anguishing in your buffer.

  2. #2 florinda
    June 29, 2011

    to learn something there is no age, no color and no prestige.
    art is life so no way to escape…

  3. #3 AskmeWH
    November 12, 2011

    ///to learn something there is no age, no color and no prestige. art is life so no way to escape…///

    Its True… Learning is never End…

    Thanks for sharing..

  4. #4 Benjamin Clingan
    December 8, 2011

    I like that the title is “The ART of Science”. I think art implies more hands-on learning. When students think about science like they think about art, they will love it!

  5. #5 Ms. Jackson
    March 15, 2012

    I love your ideas. What do you all think about using my blog as a teaching tool. I want my students to think of science in multiple dimensions. Please check it out and comment.

  6. #6 Mark
    March 24, 2012

    Hands on learning and even the use of the arts does seem to help many gain a greater interest in science.

  7. #7 Greg
    April 4, 2012

    Great suggestions on how to bring the joy of learning and exploring to science…especially allowing for artistic expression.

  8. #8 Carl Strovink
    April 16, 2012

    This is awesome! I was at the conference as well. I also very recently entered the science contest to try & win $10k. I’m working on an invention, & can’t pay for it:( It’s hard being a young scientist but not having the connections to get out there & meet professors & astrophysicists. If anybody knows about any other contests, please let me know. Thanks

  9. #9 Han Hyo Joo
    April 16, 2012

    Good please check it out and comment thanks.

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